The BeagleBoard is a single-board computer produced by Texas Instruments. It’s low-power, open-source, and was built two purposes in mind. First, to encourage the development of open source software. Second, to demonstrate the Texas Instruments OMAP3530 system-on-a-chip.
The BeagleBoard is square, measuring 7.5 cm by 7.5 cm. The board itself (the OMAP3530) includes an ARM Cortex-A8 CPU, a TMS320C64x+ DSP, an Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX530 GPU, S-Video and HDMI connections, Single SD/MMC card slot that supports SDIO, a USB on-the-go port, a JTAG connection, RS 232 serial connection, and two 3.5 mm jacks for audio in/out. On board is via a PoP chip that includes 256 MB of NAND flash memory and 256 MB of RAM. The ARM Cortex-A8 CPU can run Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Symbian, or RISC OS. Android is also currently being ported for use.
Through the years some ‘clones’ have popped up on the market. The clones include the IGEPv2, a larger board with more RAM, Bluetooth, WiFi, a USB host, and even more additional features. The ICETEK Mini Board from China is also a popular cloned option.
The BeagleBoard is sold publicly under the Creative Commons share-alike license.