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Plug-in boards target Linux platform

Posted: 17 Aug 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:plug-in board? Sitara AM335x? ARM Cortex-A8? BeagleBone? has announced more than 20 new plug-in boards for the BeagleBone Linux computer platform aimed at designers, makers and hobbyists. According to the company, the boards ease development of devices such as robot motor drivers and sensors that measure location and pressure.

Today, thousands of designers, makers, hobbyists and engineers have adopted BeagleBone for its one-of-a-kind functionality as a credit-card-sized Linux computer that connects with the Internet and runs software such as Android 4.0 and Ubuntu. The company added that with plenty of I/O and processing power for real-time analysis provided by the Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 processor from TI, the cape plug-in boards help developers differentiate products and accelerate time to market.

With a feature-rich processor, the BeagleBone computer platform allows developers to fully utilize the technology within a full-featured, open hardware Linux development kit. BeagleBone users also benefit from the thriving community of more than 5,000 active members who interact and collaborate through an online support system.

Inspired to expand development options for their BeagleBone mini computer platforms, participants in the community created cape plug-in boards to enhance the sensors, actuators and interfaces available on the BeagleBone platform. The cape plug-in boards can be plugged into BeagleBone's two 46-pin dual-row expansion headers, providing similar headers so that up to four cape plug-in boards can be stacked at a time, added the company.

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