HI has extensive experience with both the BeagleBone Black (BBB) and the smaller Pocket Beagle (PB) platform. We often leverage the platform in our projects.
Entirely open source (both hardware and software unlike the Raspberry Pi) the Beagle Bone platform is supported by strong Texas Instruments documentation. This platform is a stepping stone to commercialization that leverages many of the speed to market advantages of the Raspberry Pi.
The Beagle Bone platform is supported by embedded Linux®.
This high level of integration increases performance, while lowering system power consumption and cost.
Beagle Bone Black
The Beagle Bone Black (BBB) is a compact (only 3.4in x 2.1in), cost-effective, and powerful platform for developing high performance applications including Internet of Things (IoT) gateways and routers, data acquisition, imaging, medical and industrial control.
At the heart of the BBB is the Texas Instruments Sitara AM3358 processor with an ARM® Cortex A8 core. This processor is a highly integrated System on a Chip (SoC) with core speeds up to 1.0GHz, a flash controller (4GB), DDR3 RAM controller (512MB), and a suite of peripherals Ethernet, USB, HDMI, UART directly accessible.
The PocketBeagle (PB) is used as the heart of the system managing sensor data acquisition and communication. The only custom board we plan to create in this design, which is the sensor, communication, and power board, will be designed as a daughter board / cape to the PB and power the PB as needed through its subset of header power pins.
The PB has numerous interfaces, UART, CAN, SPI, USB, I2C, Analog inputs, thereby allowing HI enormous flexibility in choosing the best sensors for the application.
Hallsten Innovations has extensive experience with embedded operating systems and firmware. Our stock configurations of operating systems and firmware can be customized to meet your particular needs very quickly.