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A New, Faster, and Cheaper Beaglebone is On its Way

February 21st, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

New_BeagleboneBeaglebord.org community is currently teasing a new Beaglebone on their website. At this time information is not complete, but we already know it will be “significantly cheaper” than the existing Beaglebone, feature a processor with higher performance (Albeit the picture shows TI Sitara AM3359 which is about the same as AM3358 + Ethercat), and come with 512 MB DDR3L RAM (instead of 256 MB DDR2), 2GB eMMC Flash, and onboard HDMI output.

The new Beaglebone will keep supporting Angstrom, Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. Hardware expansion boards (cape) designed for the old model will still be fully compatible with the new Beaglebone.

You’ll need to wait April to get hold of the new Beaglebone. Until then, you can register your interest on Element14/Farnell to be informed when the board becomes available.

Another way to find out more is to attend the Embedded Linux Conference 2013 which is taking place right now in San Francisco, as the new Beaglebone is showcased at the conference.

  1. February 21st, 2013 at 13:35 | #1

    The board pictured isn’t the new board, though I did show it off to a bunch of people here at ELC today. The RAM will be faster DDR3L, not DDR2. The BeagleStache picture of a board was a picture of a 6LoWPAN cape that Alan Ott of Signal11 premiered at the show.

  2. kcg
    February 22nd, 2013 at 15:38 | #2

    What’s really interesting is that there is no AM335x chip which would be faster than current BeagleBone so what CPU will be used? Considering that the new bone should be compatible with old bone which provides PWM etc, this really adds to my confusion especially when other Sitara processors does not provide the same feature set and yet higher speed… 🙂

  3. February 22nd, 2013 at 16:26 | #3

    It could be based on a new (an unannounced) family of Sitara processor, which would explain why they did not mention the exact processor in their website.
    The Embedded World Conference is soon, we may know more by then.

  4. kcg
    February 22nd, 2013 at 17:21 | #4

    New CPU? Well, that could be really *something*. Looks like TI would like to also compete with Broadcom and “their” RPi. Lower price is always nice and Cortex-A8 with 2 additional RISC cores smashs ARM11 to dust. Future looks interesting!

  1. April 18th, 2013 at 13:55 | #1