Category: BeagleBone Black

New OSD3358 Development Platforms from GHI Electronics

 

It has been a busy couple of weeks around here lately with a lot of exciting news.  First we had the announcement of the BeagleBone™ Black Wireless which features the OSD3358-512M-BAS instead of the discrete TI AM3358.  Then we went to World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science.  Now we have a couple more announcements.

We are happy to let everybody know that GHI Electronics has released two development platforms for the OSD3358.  Both boards utilize the OSD3358-512M-BAS which integrates the TI Sitara™ AM3358 ARM® Cortex® A8 processor running at 1GHz, 512MB of DDR3, 2 power supplies, and passives into a single IC package.  The boards are available to order today from the GHI Electronics website.  Their status is listed as preview.  This means there are some things that haven’t been completely tested yet (all of which are outlined).  It also means there could be some minor changes when the production versions are released.

The GHI OSD3358 BeagleBone™ Dev Board

GHI OSD3358 Development BoardThe first platform is the GHI OSD3358 BeagleBone™ Dev Board.  This is a full featured development board that includes a capacitive touch screen display and features popular industrial interfaces like RS232 and CAN.  It also has a single 10/100 Mbit Ethernet, USB Host, and USB Client ports. For nonvolatile memory, the board has 4GB EMMC and a SD Card Slot for expansion.  The GHI OSD3358 BeagleBone™ Dev Board also boasts an expansion header that allows access to the ADC channels and the remaining GPIOs of the OSD3358 System-In-Package.

With all of the features and connection options, the GHI OSD3358 BeagleBone™ Dev Board is the best way to explore the full capabilities of the OSD3358.

 

The GHI OSD33558 BeagleBone™ TH Module

GHI OSD3358 TH ModuleThe next platform is the GHI OSD3358 BeagleBone™ TH Module.  This is a bare bones system that allows you to easily start integrating the OSD3358 into your designs.  It adds 4GB of EMMC, a MicoSD slot, and USB to the OSD3358 System-In-Package.  It also brings the GPIO, Analog, LCD, and Ethernet pins to a 100mil header footprint making it extremely easy to connect your custom circuitry.

This board is designed to be the next step after the Dev Board.  It provides a natural progression to integrating the OSD3358 into your system.  It has just what you need to boot Linux and start controlling your custom circuitry.

GHI Electronics

We are really excited to release these boards to the community.  We have been working with GHI Electronics for over a year on them to ensure the best possible experience.  GHI’s vision and customer knowledge combined with their in-house, US based, hardware design, software services, and manufacturing allowed us to ensure the best possible quality.  We are proud GHI Electronics is part of our partner network and look forward to working with them to continue supporting the needs of our customers.

BeagleBoard Compatible

beaglecomp_200pxAs the names might suggest, both development platforms are BeagleBoard Compatible, just like the OSD3358 itself.  This means both boards are capable of running the well supported Linux distributions provided by BeagleBoard.org.  By leveraging the BeagleBoard community and software you can get Linux running in matter of minutes.

Also since the OSD3358 and the development platforms are all BeagleBoard Compatible you can rest assured whatever you build on the platforms will perform the same when you go to an OSD3358 only design.

 

 

We hope these platforms will provide designers an easy way to start developing around the OSD3358 System-In-Package.  As you start designing please give us your feedback on the platforms.  We really want to continue to improve the experience.  Let us know what you think here.

The BeagleBone Black Wireless and BeagleBoard Compatibility

 

Today is a very exciting day!  After months of hard work, we are finally ready to make two big announcements.  First, is the release of the BeagleBone™ Black Wireless, which features the Octavo OSD3358-512M-BAS System-In-Package.  Second, the OSD3358 is now officially BeagleBoard Compatible!  These developments strengthen our relationship with BealgeBoard.org and make the OSD335x family of devices even easier to use.

BeagleBone™ Black Wireless

We are proud to be a part of BeagleBone™ Black Wireless!  It builds on the success of the very popular BeagleBone™ Black with two exciting changes.  First, the design was greatly simplified by replacing over 150 discrete components with the OSD3358-512M-BAS.  BeagleBone Black Wireless Featuring the OSD3358Additionaly, the Ethernet peripheral has been replaced with the WiLink8 WL1835 module from Texas Instruments, providing both 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth V4.1.  BeagleBone™ Black Wireless is completely compatible with all standard BeagleBone™ Black capes.  Finally, like everything in the BeagleBoard family, BeagleBone™ Black wireless is completely open source!

BeagleBone™ Black wireless now offers developers a low cost evaluation platform for the Octavo OSD335x device.  They can use it to start prototyping on a Linux system in a matter of minutes.  Then, once ready, designers can quickly go from a prototype to a custom board by leveraging the OSD3358 and Beaglboard.org®’s active community, open-source hardware, and software.

The OSD3358 becoming an integral part BeagleBoard.org®’s newest board is a huge honor for us.  We have been collaborating with BeagleBoard.org since the beginning of the OSD335x.  This is huge validation that we are on the right track, and we are excited to continue to work with BeagleBoard.org on future products.

OSD3358 is Officially BeagleBoard Compatible

This one is really important if you have a design built on BeagleBone™ and want to create your own custom board.  By integrating the processor, DDR3, and power supplies from the BeagleBone™ Black into a single device, the OSD3358 already simplified the hardware design required for a custom embedded Linux system.  beaglecomp_200pxMaking it an ideal starting point for any new design.

Now that the OSD3358 is officially BeagleBoard Compatible you have the confidence that the software you developed on BeagleBone™ will perform the way you expect when you transition to the OSD3358.  It also means you will be able to get support from the large and active BeagleBoard community that you are already familiar with.

The BeagleBoard Compatible OSD3358 is now the easiest way to create your own BeagleBone™ based embedded Linux system.

We are very excited about these two developments.  We look forward to our growing partnership with BealgeBoard.org.  Together we are striving to bring the simplicity of microcontrollers to the world of embedded Linux.