Premier Farnell Expands its Successful® Range

Three New Products, Appealing to Both Makers and Industrial Markets


Premier Farnell, is now shipping three new products in the successful open source BeagleBone range. The ever popular BeagleBone Black and element 14 BeagleBone Black Industrial are now joined by BeagleBone Black Wireless, the element14 Wireless Connectivity Cape and the element14 4.3” Display Cape.

The BeagleBone® Black Wireless now has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities built in, removing the need for design or hardware workarounds. Focused on connectivity, the 10/100 Ethernet port from the BeagleBone® Black is replaced with a TI WiLink™ WL1835 which is a high-performance 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz Wi-Fi module with Bluetooth. With Debian Linux preinstalled and 4GB of onboard eMMC memory, designers can be developing using their web browser in less than 5 minutes using just one USB cable. The new BeagleBone® Black Wireless is also fully compatible with existing cape plug-in boards designed for BeagleBone Black.

For designers already working with the BeagleBone® Black and element14 BeagleBone® Black Industrial, wireless communication is now available through the new element14 Wireless Connectivity Cape. This powerful cape expands the capability of the BeagleBone® device by adding a variety of wireless connectivity standards - making BeagleBone® boards the go-to choice for those developing IoT applications. The cape utilizes the advanced features of the Texas Instruments WiLink™ 8 (WL1837) industrial dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz), 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & Bluetooth Smart (Low energy) module also including Zigbee and NFC functionality. Additional capes and accessories can be stacked or added as required with the inclusion of I/O headers on the cape, as well as on the BeagleBone® Black board.

The element14 Display Cape allows designers using the BeagleBone® boards (BeagleBone® Black, element14 BeagleBone Black Industrial and BeagleBone® Black Wireless) to connect a 4.3-inch colour touchscreen display directly to the board. With capacitive overlay, the Display Cape provides an LED backlit screen for a smartphone-like interface, perfect for interactive projects, embedded systems and standalone installations.® products are open source which makes them perfect for makers and start-ups looking to commercialise their designs. Premier Farnell, The Development Distributor, is helping to make designing and creating IoT ready applications simpler than ever before.


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Farnell Global is a fast and reliable distributor of products and technology for electronic and industrial system design, maintenance and repair.  From research and design through prototype to production, Farnell helps its customers access the products and services they need 24/7.  With more than 80 years of experience, 47 localised websites, and a dedicated team of over 3,500 employees, Farnell provides every component its customers need to build the technology of tomorrow.

Farnell Global trades as Farnell in Europe, Newark in North America, and element14 in Asia Pacific.  It also sells direct to consumers through its CPC business in the UK.

Farnell Global has been part of the established global technology distributor, Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT), since 2016. Today, this relationship allows the company to support its customers at every stage of the product life cycle, offering a truly unique distribution model, as well as expertise in end-to-end delivery and product design.

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