After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Describe the capability of the BeagleBone, and its suitability for different project types.
- Source the important documents that will assist you in working with the BBB platform.
- Describe the major hardware systems and subsystems on the BBB.
- Identify important accessories that you can buy to enhance the capability of your BBB.
- Have an appreciation of the power and complexity of the BBB as a physical computing platform.
- Be aware of the first steps to take in protecting your board from physical damage.
BeagleBone Black Poster
The BeagleBone Black Poster (Figure 1-3, Figure 1-4) and the P8/P9 Expansion Headers (Figure 1-5) are each each available for download as high-resolution PNG raster format and a high-resolution PDF vector-mapped format images using the following links:
- The BeagleBone Black Poster [PDF Format (5.1MB)] [PNG Format (7.5MB)]
- The P8/P9 Expansion Headers [PDF Format (0.1MB)] [PNG Format (0.5MB)]
The poster images are large format images that have been rendered for an A3 page size, which is 11.69″ x 16.53″ (29.7cm x 42.0cm) in dimension.
The USB-to-serial UART TTL cable is used throughout this book, for debugging problems with the BeagleBone, for viewing and interacting with the console as the board is booting and finally it is used for programming a low-cost Arduino Pro (3.3V) module. There are several products available such as those on Amazon: There is an official TTL-232R-3V3 cable, and lower cost alternatives (that have not been tested) such as the GearMo 3.3V Header-like TTL-232R-3V3 cable.
It is also very useful to have a 2A 5V regulated power supply, especially if you are planning to connect the BeagleBone to a Wi-Fi adapter, USB webcam or LCD cape. It is always useful to have such a power supply for writing a new image to the eMMC. Here are a few such examples: 2A 5V power supplies on Amazon.com.
Manufacturing the BeagleBone
CircuitCo has provided a short video of the BeagleBone Black manufacturing process, which highlights the complexity of the device manufacture and the steps that goes into its manufacture.
External Web Sites
- My personal blog site: www.derekmolloy.ie
- The eLinux.org website: www.elinux.org
- The eewiki: www.eewiki.net
- HipsterCircuits.com: www.hipstercircuits.com
- OZ9AEC: www.oz9aec.net
- The BeagleBoard Google Group: groups.google.com/d/forum/beagleboard
- BeagleBoard live chat: www.beagleboard.org/chat