The makers of BeagleBoard announced an update to their BeagleBone series of boards a few weeks ago. Yesterday, BeagleBone Black was launched. The BeagleBone Black is a significant improvement over the original BeagleBone hardware. With a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 2GB onboard flash memory and 512MB DDR3 RAM – this little board is a powerhouse for DIYers. The folks over at BeagleBoard say that they expect to have the BeagleBone Black in full production by end of May.
When the Raspberry-Pi was launched last year, the $89 price tag of the original BeagleBone was nowehere competitive, especially when you consider that the RPi has an onboard HDMI, component video and audio along with physical headers. This year around though, the BeagleBoard has managed to deliver something very interesting and, at the same time, only for $45.