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BeagleBoard rev.B
Common manufacturersCircuitco LLC on behalf of
Design firmTexas Instruments
July 28, 2008 (2008-07-28)[1]
BeagleBoard rev.C
May 13, 2009 (2009-05-13)[2]
September 14, 2010 (2010-09-14)[3]
October 31, 2011 (2011-10-31)[4]
BeagleBone Black
April 23, 2013 (2013-04-23)[5]
November 1, 2015 (2015-11-01)[6]
CostUS$95 to $149
TypeSingle-board computer
ProcessorARM Cortex-A8
Frequency600 MHz to 1 GHz
Memory128 MB to 512 MB
ConnectionUSB On-The-Go
Power consumption2 W
Weight~37 g[7]
Dimensions7.62 cm × 7.62 cm × 1.6 cm

The BeagleBoard is a low-power open-source single-board computer produced by Texas Instruments in association with Digi-Key and Newark element14. The BeagleBoard was also designed with open source software development in mind, and as a way of demonstrating the Texas Instrument's OMAP3530 system-on-a-chip.[8] The board was developed by a small team of engineers as an educational board that could be used in colleges around the world to teach open source hardware and software capabilities. It is also sold to the public under the Creative Commons share-alike license. The board was designed using Cadence OrCAD for schematics and Cadence Allegro for PCB manufacturing; no simulation software was used.[citation needed]


The BeagleBoard measures approximately 75 by 75 mm and has all the functionality of a basic computer.[9] The OMAP3530 includes an ARM Cortex-A8 CPU (which can run Linux, Minix,[10] FreeBSD,[11] OpenBSD,[12] RISC OS,[13] or Symbian; a number of unofficial Android ports exist[14][15]), a TMS320C64x+ DSP for accelerated video and audio decoding, and an Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX530 GPU to provide accelerated 2D and 3D rendering that supports OpenGL ES 2.0. Video out is provided through separate S-Video and HDMI connections. A single SD/MMC card slot supporting SDIO, a USB On-The-Go port, an RS-232 serial connection, a JTAG connection, and two stereo 3.5 mm jacks for audio in/out are provided.

Built-in storage and memory are provided through a PoP chip that includes 256 MB of NAND flash memory and 256 MB of RAM (128 MB on earlier models).

The board uses up to 2 W of power and can be powered from the USB connector, or a separate 5 V power supply.

Rev. C4 specifications[edit]

BeagleBoard described



-xM board

A modified version of the BeagleBoard called the BeagleBoard-xM started shipping on August 27, 2010. The BeagleBoard-xM measures in at 82.55 by 82.55 mm and has a faster CPU core (clocked at 1 GHz compared to the 720 MHz of the BeagleBoard), more RAM (512 MB compared to 256 MB), onboard Ethernet jack, and 4 port USB hub. The BeagleBoard-xM lacks the onboard NAND and therefore requires the OS and other data to be stored on a microSD card. The addition of the Camera port to the -xM provides a simple way of importing video via Leopard Board cameras.[29][30]


  • Package on Package POP CPU/memory chip.
    • Processor TI DM3730 Processor – 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 core
    • 'HD capable' TMS320C64x+ core (800 MHz up to 720p @30 fps)[16]: 3 
    • Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 2D/3D graphics processor supporting dual independent displays[9]
    • 512 MB LPDDR RAM[16]: 3 
    • 4 GB microSD card supplied with the BeagleBoard-xM and loaded with The Angstrom Distribution
  • Peripheral connections[16]: 4 
    • DVI-D (HDMI connector chosen for size – maximum resolution is 1400 x 1050)
    • S-Video
    • USB OTG (mini AB)
    • 4 USB ports
    • Ethernet
    • MicroSD/MMC card
    • Stereo in and out jacks
    • RS-232 port
    • JTAG connector
    • Power socket (5 V barrel connector type)
    • Camera port
    • Expansion port
  • Development[17]: 9 



Announced in the end of October 2011, the BeagleBone is a barebone development board. It can fit inside an Altoids tin.[32] The BeagleBone was initially priced at US$89.[33]

The BeagleBone has a Sitara ARM Cortex-A8 processor running at 720 MHz, 256 MB of RAM, two 46-pin expansion connectors, on-chip Ethernet, a microSD slot, and a USB host port and multipurpose device port which includes low-level serial control and JTAG hardware debug connections, so no JTAG emulator is required.

A number of BeagleBone "Capes" have recently been released. These capes are expansion boards which can be stacked onto the BeagleBone Board (up to four at one time). BeagleBone capes include but are not limited to:

  • LCD touchscreen capes (7" and 3.5")
  • DVI-D cape
  • Breakout cape
  • Breadboard cape
  • CAN bus cape
  • RS-232 cape
  • Battery cape[34]

BeagleBone Black[edit]

Beaglebone Black

Launched on April 23, 2013, at a price of $45. Among other differences, it increases RAM to 512 MB, it increases the processor clock to 1 GHz, and it adds HDMI and 2 GB of eMMC flash memory. The BeagleBone Black also ships with Linux kernel 3.8, upgraded from the original BeagleBone's Linux kernel 3.2, allowing the BeagleBone Black to take advantage of Direct Rendering Manager (DRM).

BeagleBone Black Revision C (released in 2014) increased the size of the flash memory to 4 GB. This enables it to ship with Debian GNU/Linux installed. Previous revisions shipped with Ångström Linux.[35]


The BeagleBoard-X15[36][37] is based on the TI Sitara AM5728 processor with two ARM Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.5 GHz, two ARM Cortex-M4 cores running at 212 MHz and two TI C66x DSP cores running at 700 MHz.[38] The processor provides USB 3.0 support and has a PowerVR dual-core SGX544 GPU running at 532 MHz.


Launched in September 2017, PocketBeagle offers identical computing performance to BeagleBone Black in a physical form factor that offers over 50% reduction in size and 75% reduction in weight, along with over 40% cheaper purchase price (December 2018 MSRP US$25 vs. US$45 for BeagleBone Black). The miniaturization was made possible by using the Octavo Systems OSD3358-SM that shrinks all major subsystems of the BeagleBone Black into a single ceramic package attached using ball grid array. The advantages of the miniaturization come at the cost of removal of all built-in connectors except for a single micro USB port, the removal of on-board eMMC flash storage, and a reduction of header pins from 92 down to 72 due to space constraints, meaning that most capes will either not work at all or need heavy modifications to work with PocketBeagle. Just as the BeagleBone Black's printed circuit board (PCB) is cut to fit snugly in an Altoids mint tin, PocketBeagle's PCB is cut to fit snugly in an Altoids Smalls mint tin. Recommended use cases for PocketBeagle include embedded devices where size and weight considerations are most critical, such as quadcopter drones and other miniaturized robotics, along with handheld gaming applications.


BeagleV BeagleBone AI PocketBeagle BeagleBoard-X15 BeagleBone Black BeagleBone BeagleBoard-xM BeagleBoard
Release Date: TBA April, 2021 September 19, 2019[39] September 21, 2017[40] 23 September 2016[41] April 23, 2013 October 31, 2011 September 14, 2010 July 28, 2008
SoC StarFive JH7100 AM5729 OSD3358-SM Sitara AM5728[42] AM3358/9 DM3730 OMAP3530
CPU RISC-V U74 AM5729 ARM Cortex-A15 Sitara AM3358 ARM Cortex-A8 Dual ARM Cortex-A15 + Dual ARM M4 (212 MHz) + Quad PRU (200 MHz) Cortex-A8 + Dual PRU (200 MHz)
Frq (MHz) 1500[43] 1500 1000 1500 1000 720 1000 720
GPU TBA Dual PowerVR SGX544 PowerVR SGX530 Dual PowerVR SGX544 PowerVR SGX530[44][45][46] (200 MHz)
DSP TBA Dual TMS320C66x Dual TMS320C66x[44] (700 MHz) TMS320C64x+[47] (800 MHz) TMS320C64x+[44] (520 MHz)
Onboard storage: TBA, microSD card slot 16 GB eMMC 4KB of EEPROM, microSD card slot 8-bit eMMC 4 GB, microSD card 8-bit eMMC (Rev B: 2 GB Ångström pre-installed, Rev C: 4 GB Debian pre-installed ), microSD card 3.3 V Supported (No Card Supplied) microSD card 3.3 V Supported (card supplied with Ångström) microSD card Supported (card supplied with Ångström) 256MB NAND Flash, SD/MMC card
Onboard network: Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet 802.11AC 2.4/5 GHz WiFi Dual Gigabit Ethernet Fast Ethernet (MII based) Fast Ethernet (MII based) Fast Ethernet (via USB hub with Ethernet)
USB ports: 4 x USB 3.0 Type A Host
1x USB C OTG port
1x USB Type C dual-role, 1x USB-A host 1 x Micro USB Type B 3 x USB 3.0 Type A Host
4 x USB 2.0 Host
1 x Micro USB Type B
1 x Standard A host port (direct).
1x mini B device port (direct)
1 x Standard A host port (direct).
1x mini B device port (via hub)
4 x Standard A host port (via hub with Ethernet).
1x mini AB OTG port (direct)
1 x Standard A host port (direct).
1x mini AB OTG port (direct)
Memory (SDRAM): 8192 MiB LPDDR4 1024 MiB DDR3L 512 MiB DDR3 2048 MiB DDR3L 512 MiB DDR3 256 MiB DDR2 512 MiB DDR2 128 MiB (rev B) DDR
256 MiB (rev C+) DDR
Video outputs: HDMI, LCD via Expansion Micro-HDMI none HDMI, LCD via Expansion Micro-HDMI, cape add-ons cape add-ons DVI-D, S-Video
Audio outputs: HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack Micro-HDMI none HDMI, AIC3104 (Stereo In/Out) Micro-HDMI, cape add-ons cape add-ons 3.5mm audio jack
Size: TBA 8.9 cm x 5.4 cm x 1.5 cm 56mm x 35mm x 5mm 107 mm × 102 mm (4.2 in × 4.0 in)[48] 86.40 mm × 53.3 mm (3.402 in × 2.098 in) 86.40 mm × 53.3 mm (3.402 in × 2.098 in) 78.74 mm × 76.2 mm (3.100 in × 3.000 in) 78.74 mm × 76.2 mm (3.100 in × 3.000 in)
Weight: TBA 48 gram 10 grams (0.35 ounces) TBA 39.68 g (1.400 oz)[49] 39.68 grams (1.400 ounces) ? ?
Power ratings: TBA @ 5 V 3A @ 5V[50] 150 mA @ 5 V 210–460 mA @5 V 210–460 mA @5 V 300–500 mA @5 V ? 350-1000 mA @5 V
Power source: USB C port or I/O pins USB C Port micro USB port or I/O pins 2.5 mm × 5.5 mm 12 V jack Mini USB or 2.1 mm x 5.5 mm 5 V jack
Low-level peripherals: TBA 4+xUART, 16-bit LCD, 2x SPI, 2× I²C 3xUART, 4× PWM, 2× SPI, 2× I²C, 2x CAN bus 7xUART, LCD, GPMC, 1× SPI, 1x I²C, 1x CAN bus 4xUART, 8× PWM, LCD, GPMC, MMC1, 2× SPI, 2× I²C, A/D Converter, 2× CAN bus, 4 Timers 4xUART, 8× PWM, LCD, GPMC, MMC1, 2× SPI, 2× I²C, A/D Converter, 2× CAN bus, 4 Timers, FTDI USB to serial, JTAG via USB McBSP, DSS, I²C, UART, LCD, McSPI, PWM, JTAG, camera interface McBSP, DSS, I²C, UART, McSPI, PWM, JTAG

The following operating systems are reported to have obtained support for the hardware used on the boards: Fedora, Android (code named rowboat), Ubuntu, Void Linux, openSUSE and Ångström. The board also supports other OSes such as FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, QNX, MINIX 3, RISC OS, and Windows Embedded.

Optional expansion boards[edit]

  • BeagleBoard Zippy – Feature expander daughter card for BeagleBoard
  • BeagleBoard Zippy2 – Second-generation Zippy. (UART, EEPROM, 100BASE-T, SD-Slot, RTC, I²C (5 V))
  • BeagleTouch Display – Touchscreen 4.3" OLED panel with touchscreen, and drivers for Angstrom Linux built by Liquidware.
  • BeagleLCD2 Expansion Board – 4.3" wide aspect LCD panel + touchscreen with interface board. Developed by HY Research.
  • BeagleJuice – Lithium-ion battery pack for portability developed and built by Liquidware.
  • WLAN adapter – This additional expansion card enables wireless connectivity functionality for the BeagleBoard.
  • BeadaFrame – 7" TFT LCD display kit includes a touch panel and a plastic frame, by NAXING Electronics.
  • 4DLCD CAPE – 4.3", 480x272 resolution LCD cape with resistive touch or non-touch and seven push buttons
  • Vifff-024 – a very sensitive camera allowing capture of video stream at quarter moon illumination. Developed by[51]

Optional enclosures[edit]

  • Beagle Board RevC Clear Acrylic Case – Case for a BeagleBoard alone. (without Zippy2)
  • BeagleLCD2 Clear Acrylic Case – Case for BeagleBoard with BeagleLCD2


  • IGEPv2 – a slightly larger board that includes more RAM, built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, a USB host, an Ethernet jack, and use microSD cards instead of regular SD cards.
  • ICETEK Mini Board (Chinese)[52]

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