Much like the Arduino frenzy of a few years ago, everyone is attempting to cash in on the Raspberry Pi's success. This morning I was tipped off by a friend (thanks Chris!) about a new single board ARM based mini PC being released by BeagleBoard.org.
The Beagle Bone Black is an ARM based all-in-one PC that is capable of running Android, Ubuntu, and a purpose built distribution of Linux called Angstrom, which is what ships with the board. It sports a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 3D graphics accelerator, a pair of PRU 32-bit RISC CPUs, 2GB of built-in storage, a microSD slot and 512MB of RAM. Unlike the small number of GPIO pins on the Raspberry Pi, the Beagle Bone Black features 92 broken out I/O pins.
The board is said to boot up in under 10 seconds, and is programmable with just a USB cable. So, how does the Beagle Bone Black shape up to the vastly popular Raspberry Pi? I am not yet sure, but I do hope to pick up one to review and will report back with my findings. The Beagle Bone Black retails for $45 from suppliers like Element14 and Mouser.