BeagleCore - 100% Open Source IoT device
BeagleCore - 100% Open Source IoT device
Miniaturized computer module for industrial or commercial applications covering all core features of BeagleBone Black.
Miniaturized computer module for industrial or commercial applications covering all core features of BeagleBone Black. Read more
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What is BeagleCore™?
Miniaturized computer module for industrial or commercial applications covering all core features of BeagleBone Black. Design your own embedded device with this System on a Chip (SOC). Fire up your own baseboard with BeagleCore™ to do cool things like Internet of Things (IoT), Home Servers or Wearable Devices. If you can build it with BeagleBone Black, you can build it smaller, simpler and more efficient with BeagleCore™!
BeagleCore™: Core features of BeagleBone - but small
You have a great idea for a new Media Player, Home Automation Solution or any other gadget that needs computing power? You are already using BeagleBone Black as a development board? Then BeagleCore™ is the perfect solution to turn your idea into professional and mass production ready product - hassle free!
BeagleCore™ can do everything BeagleBone Black does. It's just smaller and more focussed. You can build your own PCB using BeagleCore™ as a soldering module. Simply develop everything using BeagleBone Black and afterwards realize your product by using BeagleCore™. This makes BeagleCore™ ideal for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions: it's small, it's simple, it's powerful and it follows proven industry standards.
BeagleCore™ is a system on module (SOM) that offers the core features of BeagleBone (processor, memory, IOs) and is made for inventors, makers and hackers.
We developed BeagleCore™ from scratch. In the beginning it was just an idea. We wanted to create boards for the industry that provide long term availability for the components (7+ years) and at the same time offer support for BeagleBone Capes, programming, etc. Here is one of the first 3D models that we used to illustrate, what we wanted BeagleCore™ to be like:
BeagleCore™ is condensed awesome
No more need to implement a BeagleBone Black with all the cables and wires – simply use the ultra-small BeagleCore™ and build your own baseboard around it. You want to use Capes? Fine! Simply add a stacking Header Set to your baseboard along with a BeagleCore™ module and you can start using BeagleBone Capes just like with a standard BeagleBone Black. Or maybe you want to add custom connectors to directly address your devices without using any Cape. Or remove the HDMI port, add more USB ports or any feature you like. BeagleCore™ unleashes your creativity while remaining compatible with BeagleBone Black at any time. It's just a condensed version of a standard BeagleBone. See how tiny BeagleCore™ is, compared to other every day things around you:
BeagleCore™ is just a third of the size of a common BeagleBone Black. Still it offers the same functionality for all the core features. We are using a well selected pin assignment in order to give access to all features of the BeagleBone Black. So if you can run it on BeagleBone, you can run it on BeagleCore™ as well. Plus you have the advantages of creating your own PCB layout and not only rely on Capes to enhance your baseboard. This extends the possibilities of BeagleBone and almost sets no limit. If you can think it, you can build it.
BeagleCore™ is small & powerful
- size: ca. 32 mm × 49 mm
- processor: Texas Instruments AM335x Cortex-A8 “Sitara”
- clock rate: 1.0GHz
- memory: 512 MB DDR3
- flash: 4 GB 8-bit eMMC
BeagleCore™ is compatible
The image above shows our BeagleCore™ soldered onto a BeagleBone Black like baseboard - just to illustrate how small the core module is and how flexible when it comes to building your own baseboard around BeagleCore.
Original BeagleBone Black
Go and build your own baseboard around the BeagleCore module. You can add RJ45, HDMI, WiFi, USB, Capes and many more - it's all up to you! We have designed BeagleCore™ to be compatible with BeagleBone Black so you can use your BeagleBone Black as a development platform and when you are ready to sell your product or idea you can design your own baseboard and use BeagleCore™ to end up with a smaller and smarter solution.
- 1 × LAN 10/100 Mbit
- 1 × USB 2.0 Host & Client
- 1 × SDIO (for SD memory cards)
- 1 × UART / 1 × JTAG (for debugging)
- up to 59 × GPIO for HDMI, CAN, I²C, etc.
Bundled with BeagleSuite™
Software for your IoT project
BeagleBone is extremly suitable for starting your own Internet of Things project at a low cost level. This is why we decided to offer you a special deal: Simply choose our $6 reward or add $6 to your order and we will ship your BeagleCore™ along with our IoT empowering software BeagleSuite™. BeagleSuite™ is a browser base solution to control sensors and actors and do a lot of things without programming a single line of code. You can even use the reward if you do not back BeagleCore™ and simply use the software with any BeagleBone (green, white, black)! And you know what? If your solution turns out to be a huge success and you want to make a product out of it, you can still switch to BeagleCore™ and not rewrite your whole code or having to connect to a new service. Beagles are considered to be extremely clever and we tried to figure out the best solution possible because we want you to have the best and most simple experience.
BeagleCore™ is Open Source Hardware
We love Open Source almost as much as we love BeagleCore™ and and we strive to pay back to the open source community because we rely on the passion of each and every Open Source afficionado out there. All hardware schematics, PCB layout and the bill of materials will be free for you to download, modify and use.
We have already completed a lot of steps towards a possible launch of BeagleCore™. However, there is a lot of things that need to be done. But before we can start manufacturing BeagleCore™ we need your help. The following roadmap helps you understand what needs to be done and why we need your support on Kickstarter to complete our goal. If all goes well we can ship BeagleCore™ to you by February 2016!
BeagleCore™: meet the team
We are a team of professionals with software, hardware & marketing background. For several years we have been working together to help clients in developing and engineering high quality products for the industry. Ever since we put our hands on the first BeagleBone we were amazed by its simplicity and potential. However we could not use it for client projects because it lacked industry standards. So we decided to develop something new: BeagleCore™.
It takes more than just our team to make BeagleCore™ come true. Lots of people have helped us and we would like to say thank you to all our old and new partners who discussed, worked and beared with us throughout the whole process and who are still as convinced as we are that BeagleCore™ will be a success story.
Risks and challenges
First off we know that you are the most important people in the whole process and therefore we would like to promise our backers to keep them updated and informed about any issue that may arise. Transparency is a key value for us and we will keep you up to date along the whole way. We are a team of professionals and we have fully functional prototypes of the BeagleCore™ module that have been tested over and over again. However, like many Kickstarter projects, there are a number of risks and challenges that we need to mitigate before we can start delivering BeagleCore™ to you. If you want to back us, you need to know about these potential pitfalls and what we are doing to avoid them.
Hardware manufacturing has some risks, not only because of the process of mass production which is very different than that of prototype development. We have been involved in mass production of several hardware projects and have worked closely with partners to make sure that we can produce BeagleCore™ reliably. Throughout the past we have forged both working and personal relationships with our manufacturing partners to ensure that the manufacturing process will comply with our high quality standards.
Delivering BeagleCore™ to you isn't that simple either. Usually we were working on B2B projects so we had only one customer to deliver to. However we have been very busy partnering up with people who have experience in retailing electronic products to customers all over the world. Thus we can ensure a speedy and reliable shipment of BeagleCore once it has been manufactured.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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