Choosing the Right BeagleBone Board for Your Project
Chosing the right development board for your project can be confusing and a little daunting if you don't know the ins and outs of each board. We're going to give you a quick overview of each BeagleBone board we currently offer to try and make your choice a little easier.
The BeagleBone Green is an updated version of the older Black board, they have kept almost all the good features such as the tiny size, abundant interface and strong expansion potential, while at the same changed some components to make it more powerful and accessible.
The main change is replacing the HDMI interface with 2 Grove connectors. Grove is a modular standardised connector prototyping system by which you are able to build applications without soldering and jump wires. With the rapid development of the grove system, more and more sensors, actuators, displays are joining in the Grove family, all of them are integrated the standard Grove connector, so that you can connect the BBG to them with a simple cable.
This board is an upgraded version of the standard BeagleBone Green. It's the first BeagleBone board to incorperate WiFi and BLE and further expand the possible uses of the development platform. With a 2.4GHz RI WLinkTM8 module and BLE module that complies with the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) the board is ideal for IoT applications.
SeeedStudios BeagleBone Green Gateway further expands on the posibilites of the other BeagleBone Green boards by adding more features. This version still has the Grove ports, WiFi, BLE and everything else but also adds an ethernet port and dedicated power input in the form of a barrel jack connector.
This is the smallest BeagleBone member of the BeagleBone family but by no means is it not powerful. With a 1GHz Arm processor and 512MB RAM it's still a powerful Linux machine. It's a tiny USB key-fob computer ideal for hobbyists, educators or anyone with limited space or budget. The board offers a quick set-up and flexibilty thanks to the bootable microSD card slot and 72 expansion pins.
BeagleBone Blue is the affordable and complete robotics controller built around the popular BeagleBone open hardware computer. Linux-enabled, Blue is community-supported and fully open-source. High-performance, flexible networking capabilities are coupled with a real-time capable Linux system and a compelling set of peripherals for building mobile robots quickly and affordably. Utilising the pre-configured WiFi access point, starting your code development is as simple as connecting a battery and opening your web browser