The BeagleBoard Foundation has released a number of single-board computers in recent years that are aimed at developers, educators, and hardware hackers interested in open source hardware and software.

Now the organization has introduced what it’s calling the “most adaptable open source performance platform available.” The new BeaglePlay is a small, low-power development board with a whole bunch of I/O features, among other things.

Available now for $99 from DigiKey, Mouser, and Element14, the board measures 82.5 x 80mm (3.25″ x 3.15″) and features a TI AM625 processor with:

  • 4 x ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores @ 1.4 GHz
  • 1 x ARM Cortex-M4F processor @ 400 MHz
  • 1 x ARM Cortex-R5F core
  • 333 MHz dual-core programmable real-time unit subsystem (PRUSS)
  • PowerVR Rogue graphics (up to 2048 x 1080 @ 60 fps w/OpenGL ES 3.1 and Vulkan 1.2 support)

The board also features 2GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC storage, a microSD card slot, support for dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth Low Energy, Gigabit Ethernet and single-pair Ethernet ports (the latter is limited to 10Mbps speeds), HDMI and USB Type-C and Type-A ports.

There are also additional connectors that can be used for displays, cameras, or other gear as well as a MikroBus header for sensors and other add-ons, a Grove connector for SEEED Studio products, and a SparkFun QWIIC Connect interface for sensors, LCD display, and more.

BeagleBoard says BeaglePlay comes with a custom build of Debian Linux pre-installed.

You can find more details in the BeaglePlay press release, at the BeagleBoard product page, or by reading BeagleBoard’s rather extensive documentation for the new board.

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    1. It’s 4 times lighter than your usual Ethernet cable, plus simpler connectors etc. Developed for building cars. The one here supports the 10Base-T1L variant which is point-to-point as usual. The other variant 10Base-T1S supports shorter lengths (<15m) but is actually a bus, and is designed as an Ethernet alternative to CAN.

  1. Disappointing! :/

    Beagle should have been the company bringing out the VisionFive 2 board.

    They’ve given up on the open standard RISC-V ISA then?

    1. No thanks. Beagle had the low power market in the beginning but ST, Nordic and even RPi has surpassed them in SWaP in Linux compatibility. Mind that riscV and there’s no reason to prototype on a beagle (?).