BeagleBoards added for industrial and maker developers

BeagleBoards added for industrial and maker developers

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By Graham Prophet

BeagleBone Black Wireless now has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities built in, removing the need for design or hardware workarounds. Focused on connectivity, the 10/100 Ethernet port from the BeagleBone Black is replaced with a TI WiLink WL1835 which is a high-performance 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi module with Bluetooth. Debian Linux is preinstalled and there is 4 GB of onboard eMMC memory. Element 14 says designers can be developing using their web browser in less than 5 minutes using just one USB cable. This BeagleBone Black Wireless is also compatible with existing cape plug-in boards designed for BeagleBone Black.


For designers already working with the BeagleBone Black and element14 BeagleBone Black Industrial, wireless communication is now available through the element14 Wireless Connectivity Cape, which expands the capability of the BeagleBone device by adding a variety of wireless connectivity standards, appropriate to developing IoT applications. The cape utilizes the Texas Instruments WiLink 8 (WL1837) industrial dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & Bluetooth Smart (Low energy) module also including Zigbee and NFC functionality. Additional capes and accessories can be stacked or added with the inclusion of I/O headers on the cape, as well as on the BeagleBone Black board.


The element14 Display Cape allows designers using the BeagleBone boards to connect a 4.3-inch colour touchscreen display directly to the board. With capacitive overlay, the Display Cape provides an LED backlit screen for a smartphone-like interface, for interactive projects, embedded systems and standalone installations. products are open source for makers and start-ups looking to commercialise their designs.


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