Beaglebord.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.