TI introduces $45 rival to Raspberry Pi development platform

TI announced the launch of the BeagleBone Black, a development board that is being hailed as a truly flexible open hardware and software development platform, one that costs only $45 (around £28), which pits it against the likes of the popular Raspberry Pi DIY computer and a slew of Android HDMI Dongles that have flowed the market lately.

The board – which can already be ordered here - comes with a TI Sitara AM335x SoC that is clocked at 1GHz, is based on the Cortex-A8 architecture and is more than twice as powerful as the ARM11 architecture that powers the Raspberry Pi. There’s also 512MB of DDR3 RAM and 2GB onboard storage.

Connectors include USB client, a microSD card slot, microHDMI, a 10/100Mbps Ethernet port, a DC power supply, a USB host port and an array of expansion headers. The product also comes with a USB network cable and is preloaded with the Ångström Linux Distribution.

More than 30 plug-in boards, known as “capes”, are compatible with the BeagleBone Black, which allows developers to produce a wide range of devices ranging from Geiger counters to 3D printers. You can read our review of the Raspberry Pi here.