takes aim at Raspberry Pi with the new Beagle Bone Black releases Beagle Bone Black, a $45 Raspberry Pi Alternative with 96 I/O pins.

| Apr 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm CDT

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 takes aim at Raspberry Pi with the new Beagle Bone Black |

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.

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A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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