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April 21, 2017


BeagleBone Black Wireless computer board now available from RS Components

Easy to use and customise, new credit-card-sized open-source IoT Linux computer comes with built-in wireless connectivity

OXFORD, UK, 21 April, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced availability of the latest member of the BeagleBone™ Black family of computer boards – the BeagleBone Black Wireless. http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/processor-microcontroller-development-kits/1252412/ The new credit-card-sized board is based on the BeagleBone Black and is an easy-to-use Linux computer that integrates Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and a significant amount of I/O for sensor and control applications. It is also ideal for the development of connected applications, including IoT nodes and hubs, using open-source software platforms such as Debian, Android and Ubuntu.

The board builds in high-performance wireless networking capability offering both 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and dispenses with Ethernet-10/100 connectivity. However, like the BeagleBone Black, this Wireless version retains the HDMI output, serial debug port, PC USB interface, USB 2.0 host, reset and power buttons, and adds two more status LEDs for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. 

The main processor is TI’s Sitara AM335x running at 1GHz, which integrates an ARM Cortex-A8 based processor core. The board also offers two 32-bit PRU (Programmable Real-Time Unit) microcontrollers, micro-HDMI connectivity, 512MB of DDR3 RAM, and 4GB of eMMC on-board flash memory storage, which includes Debian Linux pre-installed. 

A major innovation on the board is use of the Octavo Systems OSD3358 SiP (System-in-Package), which integrates all the BeagleBone functionality into one easy-to-use BGA package. In addition, because the board is a community-supported open-source hardware computer – created by the BeagleBoard.org Foundation and developed using highly affordable design tools – makers and developers can easily create their own customised variations.

The Wireless board is fully software, hardware and mechanically compatible with the BeagleBone Black, including compatibility with all the existing BeagleBone Black system-expansion capes, which enable hardware expansion and additional peripherals.

The BeagleBone Black Wireless computer is shipping now from RS across EMEA and Asia Pacific.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2016 had revenues of £1.29bn.

For more information, please visit the website at http://www.rs-online.com.

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