Nice bit of information at this TI URL:
(My underlining below):
The Programmable Real-time Unit (PRU) is a low-latency microcontroller sub-system comprised of two or more 32-bit RISC processors, local instruction and data RAM, local peripherals and an interrupt controller. The PRU is efficient at handing events that have tight real-time constraints. The PRU is also known as the Industrial Communications Sub-System since it is used to enable industrial protocols such as EtherCATÂ®, EtherNet/IPâ„¢, PROFINET, PROFIBUS, POWERLINK, SERCOS III, and others. Each 32-bit processor runs at 200MHz, enabling 5ns instruction cycle. Local peripherals within the PRU sub-system include UART, eCAP, MII_RT, MDIO and IEP. The PRUâ€™s fast input and output pins enable detection and reaction to I/O events within two PRU cycles.
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I've previously had great results connecting Adafruit 8x8 LED matrix displays to the BeagleBone Black via I2C:
I decided to try out the Adafruit bi-color 8x8 LED matrix and hooked it up with the same I2C pins as before. You'll need to setup the Adafruit_BBIO Python library if you haven't already:
You'll also want to grab the Adafruit Python libraries for the Raspberry Pi since they work on BeagleBone Black, too:
Here is the BegaleBone Black running the demo program ex_8x8_color_pixels.py from the repo:
BeagleBone Black & Adafruit 8x8 bi-color matrix
I thought it would be interesting to plot the readings from a sensor over time on the matrix with different colors representing the magnitude of the reading:
I hooked up a pot to the analog input to simulate a sensor. Here's the Python script:
It is Invoked by this shell script so that PYTHONPATH will be set:
BeagleBone Black: plot analog sensor on Adafruit bi-color LED matrix