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    Embest in association with Texas Instruments brings the new generation BeagleBone, a low-power open-source hardware single-board computer, exclusively for the China market. The China version of BeagleBone named BB Black is exactly the same development platform as BeagleBone Black in other markets. The BB Black is a lower-cost, high-expansion focused BeagleBoard using a low cost Sitara™ AM3358 ARM® Cortex™-A8 processor from Texas Instruments. BB Black ships with the Ångström Linux distribution in onboard FLASH to start evaluation and development. Many other Linux distributions and operating systems are also supported on BB Black including Ubuntu, Android,  and Fedora. Like its predecessors, the BB Black is designed to address the Open Source Community, early adopters, and anyone interested in a low cost ARM® Cortex™-A8 based processor. It has been equipped with a minimum set of features to allow the user to experience the power of the processor and also offers access to many of the interfaces and allows for the use of add-on boards called capes, to add many different combinations of features. A user may also develop their own board or add their own circuitry.


    The BB BlackBB Black features TI's Sitara™ AM3358AZCZ100 microprocessor (Note: For the initial release, the board uses the Sitara XAM3359AZCZ processor. But eventually the board will move to the Sitara AM3358BZCZ100 device), which is based on ARM® Cortex™-A8 core with enhanced image, graphics processing, peripherals and industrial interface options such as EtherCAT and PROFIBUS. The board is equipped with 256Mb x16 DDR3L 4Gb (512MB) SDRAM, 32KB EEPROM, and 2GB embedded MMC (eMMC) Flash as default boot source. The board is also populated with a single microSD connector to act as the secondary boot source for the board and, if selected as such, can be the primary boot source. The BB Black supports four boot modes, including eMMC boot, microSD boot, serial boot, and USB boot. A switch is provided to allow switching between the modes.


    Different from the original BeagleBone, the BB Black has an onboard HDMI interface to connect directly to TVs and monitors. Other features include a 10/100 Ethernet interface, a serial debug port, a PC USB interface, an USB 2.0 host port, a reset button, a power button, and five indicating blue LEDs. The BB Black has the ability to accept up to four expansion boards or capes that can be stacked onto the expansion headers. The majority of capes designed for the original BeagleBone will work on the BB Black.


    Key Applications: Robotics, motor drivers, Twitter printer, data backup, SDR base station, USB data acquisition and more.


    Development Tools

    Software Development Tools


    Tool TypeSupplierMPNSupported FamilyDescription
    IDETexas InstrumentsCode Composer Studio (CCStudio)TI ARM MCUsCCStudio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for TI embedded   processor families. CCStudio comprises a suite of tools used to develop and debug embedded applications. It includes   compilers for each of TI's device families, source code editor, project build environment, debugger, profiler, simulators,   real-time operating system and many other features. Learn More
    IDEARMDS-5DS-5ARM Cortex™-A  / Cortex™-R / ARM9™ / ARM11™

    The ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) tool enable developers to get the best from their ARM technology-based systems. Whether implementing an ARM processor-based SoC or writing software for an Application Specific Standard Product (ASSP), ARM tools enable you to deliver the best solution with the highest performance and lowest power. Learn More


    Hardware Development Tools


    Tool TypeSupplierMPNSupported FamilyDescription
    Debuggers, Emulators & JTAG ToolsARMDSTRM-KT-0181ADSTRM-KT-0181AARM7 / ARM9 / ARM11 / Cortex-A / Cortex-R / Cortex-MDSTREAM Debug and Trace Unit
    Debuggers, Emulators & JTAG ToolsSeggerJ-LinkJ-LinkARM Cortex™-M  / Cortex-R4 / Cortex-A / ARM7™ / ARM9™JTAG/SWD Emulator with USB interface
    ProgrammerSeggerFlasher ARMFlasher ARMARM Cortex™-M  / Cortex-R4 / Cortex-A / ARM7™ / ARM9™Flash Programmer for ARM and Cortex cores


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    Technical Documents

    Learning Center

    Quick User GuideEmbest: Quick Start Guide for Chinese BB-Black Development Platform
    User ManualEmbest: User Manual for Chinese BB-Black Development Platform
    DatasheetTI: AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 Microprocessors (MPUs)
    Reference ManualCircuitco: System Reference Manual for BeagleBone Black System
    Design Elements

    SchematicsCircuitco: Schematics for BeagleBone Black Board (pdf)
    SchematicsCircuitco: Schematics for BeagleBone Black Board (Orcad)
    BOMCircuitco: BOM for BeagleBone Black Board
    LayoutCircuitco: PCB Files (Allegro and Gerbers A6) for BeagleBoneBlack Board
    SoftwareComing Soon!


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    Kit Features

    • Processor: TI Sitara AM3358AZCZ100 , 1GHz, 2000 MIPS
      • 1 GHz ARM® Cortex™-A8
      • SGX530 Graphics Engine
      • Programmable Real-Time Unit Subsystem
    • Memory
      • SDRAM: 512MB DDR3L 800MHZ
      • Onboard Flash: 2GB, 8bit Embedded MMC (eMMC)
    • SD/MMC Connector for microSD
    • Power management: TPS65217C PMIC is used along with a separate LDO to provide power to the system
    • Debug Support: Optional Onboard 20-pin CTI JTAG, Serial Header
    • Power Source
      • miniUSB USB or DC Jack
      • 5VDC External Via Expansion Header
    • Connectivity
      • High speed USB 2.0 Client port: Access to USB0, Client mode via miniUSB
      • High Speed USB 2.0 Host port: Access to USB1, Type A Socket, 500mA LS/FS/HS
      • Serial Port: UART0 access via 6 pin 3.3V TTL Header. Header is populated
      • 10/100M Ethernet (RJ45)
    • User Input / Output
      • 1 Reset Button
      • 1 Boot Button
      • 1 Power Button
      • 1 LED power indicator
      • 4 user
    • Video/Audio Interfaces
      • HDMI D type interface
      • LCD interface
      • Stereo audio over HDMI interface
    • Expansion Interfaces
      • LCD,  UART, eMMC
      • ADC, I2C, SPI, PWM
    • Operating Power: 5V@0.35A
    • Board Size: 3.4” x 2.1”




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    Kit Contents

    The BB BlackBB Black will ship with the following components:

    • BB Black Board
    • miniUSB to USB Type A Cable
    • Instruction Card


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