Sunday, June 23, 2024
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The BeagleBoard is a low-cost development kit (about 130 euros in Europe, including P&P) based on the TI OMAP3, a powerful Cortex A8 ARM SoC running at 600MHz and a OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible graphics circuit. It also contains a TMS320C64x DSP that's capable of decoding HD video content, memory, USB2 JTAG and S-Video controllers. All in a single chip.

On the BeagleBoard, the OMAP is used with a TPS65950, 256MB of RAM and 256MB of NAND flash to offer the following I/O ports:

  • HDMI DVI-D output
  • two USB2 ports (of which one is OTG)
  • analog audio inputs and outputs
  • SD card port
  • RS232 port
  • 14-pin JTAG port

The BeagleBoard mesures just 7.5cm x 7.5cm.

The BeagleBoard is an ideal choice for testing mobile OS's like Android, Moblin or Symbian. However since it lacks an Ethernet port, we'll be using a USB to Ethernet dongle.