Linux development board for wireless, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1

June 21, 2016 //By Graham Prophet
Linux development board for wireless, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1
The BeagleBone Green Wireless, a Linux-based development board from and Seeed Studio, is now available from distributer Mouser. It is the first board in the BeagleBone community to feature a wireless connection, with both 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1 low energy connectivity instead of an Ethernet connection normally found on BeagleBone Green development boards.

The BeagleBone Green Wireless contains Seeed Studio’s plug-and-play Grove connectors to help developers and designers make use of Seeed’s modular Grove system and the board’s general purpose I/O (GPIO) expansion capabilities. The board also includes four USB 2.0 hosts, expanding the board’s interface options.

Like the BeagleBone Green it is based on the AM335x 1-GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor from Texas Instruments. The board has 512 MBytes of DDR3 RAM, 4 GBytes of eMMC flash storage, microSD slot, and two PRU 32-bit microcontrollers, plus a 3D graphics accelerator and NEON floating-point for enhanced multimedia. The board’s built-in 2.4 GHz TI WiLink Module supports multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) to further speed data transmission. The board also includes 65 possible digital I/Os from the dual 46-pin headers.

Also available is the Grove Starter Kit for BeagleBone Green, with 10 Grove modules and three step-by-step guides to help makers quickly build projects. The BeagleBone Green Wireless also supports the same expansion boards (called capes) as the BeagleBone Black and BeagleBone Green.

BeagleBone Green Wireless ships with Linux and BeagleBoard’s Cloud9 integrated development environment (IDE) on the eMMC, and also supports Debian, Ubuntu, and many other distributions of Linux; Android; and other open-source operating systems.

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