Meet BeagleBone Black Wireless, the newest board in the BeagleBone family

Replacing the 10/100 Ethernet port with onboard 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi and Bluetooth, the popular open source BeagleBone™ Black computer now comes with built-in wireless networking capability.
BeagleBone Black Wireless

 Based on the extremely successful open-source BeagleBone™ Black hardware design, BeagleBone™ Black Wireless is a high-expansion, maker-focused, community-supported open hardware computer created by the BeagleBoard.org Foundation. Leveraging a partnership with Octavo Systems, BeagleBone™ Black Wireless is the easiest to use and modify credit-card sized IoT Linux computer.

BeagleBone™ Black Wireless was designed with maximum connectivity in mind, trading in the 10/100 Ethernet port from BeagleBone Black for a high-performance 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi module with Bluetooth. Like BeagleBone Black, Wireless retains HDMI output, serial debug port, PC USB interface, USB 2.0 host, reset and power buttons, and adds two more status LEDs for WiFi and Bluetooth. Also retained is the 4GB of onboard eMMC memory with Debian Linux pre-installed, allowing BeagleBone Black Wireless to boot in around 10 seconds, and have you developing through your web browser in less than 5 minutes using just a single USB cable.

BeagleBone™ Black Wireless introduces the Octavo Systems OSD3358 SiP (system-in-package) which integrates BeagleBone functionality into one easy-to-use BGA package. The board is open source and designed in CadSoft EAGLE. This combination of an easy to use system-in-package and affordable design tools brings an entire new level of access for people wanting to make their own customized variations.

BeagleBone™ Black Wireless is fully software, hardware and mechanically compatible with BeagleBone™ Black, and is even compatible with all existing BeagleBone™ Black capes for hardware expansion, integration, and peripherals.

Key Features

  • Utilizes Octavo Systems OSD3358 with integrated 1GHz TI AM335x processor, 512MB DDR3 RAM, power management and over 100 supporting passive devices in a single system-in-package device
  • Open hardware created in CadSoft EAGLE utilizing readily available components for easy and affordable customization
  • Electrical and mechanical compatibility with BeagleBone™ Black, but with the addition of a TI® WiLink 8 WL1835MOD 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart Module to enable maximum wireless connectivity and BeagleBone™ Black compatibility

Supporting Feature List

  • Processor (Integrated in the OSD3358): 
    • AM335x 1GHz ARM® Cortex-A8:
      • SGS530 3D graphics accelerator
      • NEON general-purpose SIMD engine with floating-point acceleration
      • 2x PRU 32-bit 200MHz microcontrollers
    • Memory:
      • 512MB DDR3 800MHz RAM (Integrated in the OSD3358)
      • 4GB 8-bit eMMC on-board flash storage with Debian pre-installed
      • microSD card slot
  • Software compatibility:
    • Debian pre-configured with Cloud9 IDE on Node.js with BoneScript library
    • Third-party support of Android, Ubuntu and many more upon open source Linux kernel
    • Non-operating-system-based peripheral support vi TI StarterWare library
  • Connectivity: 
    • TI® WiLink 8 WL1835MOD 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi, Bluetooth, and Bluetooth Smart Module
      • 2×2 MIMO
      • AP
      • SmartConfig
      • Wi-Fi Direct
      • Mesh over Wi-Fi based on 802.11s
      • Bluetooth 4.1 with Bluetooth Low-energy
    • High-speed USB 2.0 client port for serving files, network connections and more to a host PC providing both power and a development interface
    • High-speed USB 2.0 host port with type-A socket and support for 500mA HS/FS/LS devices
    • Serial port access for UART0 with populated 6-pin 3.3V TTL header
    • Audio/video output
      • HDMI type-D (microHDMI) connector
      • Stereo/multi-channel audio over HDMI
      • Parallel LCD interface, I2S digital audio signals and touch screen controller via cape expansion headers
  • Power management:
    • TPS65217C power-management IC and system LDO regulator (Integrated in the OSD3358)
    • Input via microUSB, 5V DC jack or 5V DC via expansion header
  • Debug support: optional 20-pin cTI JTAG header and serial header
  • User input/output:
    • Reset button
    • Boot button
    • Power button
    • 4 user configurable LEDs; WiFi and BT enable LEDs; power LED
  • Expansion header (cape header — BeagleBone Black compatible):
    • 65 digital I/O with general purpose I/O, SPI, I2C, PWM, CAN, UART, SD, quadrature encoders and more
    • 7 analog inputs
    • Power in/out

For more details, visit https://beagleboard.org/wireless

EAGLE design files for the BeagleBone Black Wireless are available on GitHub: beaglebone-black-wireless

 

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