4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 14, 2014 1:34 PM by John Beetem

    Rasp Pi vs Beaglebone Black

    rwslaugh

      Im trying to figure out why more is being done with the Raspberry Pi instead of the Beaglebone Black.  I have my own thoughts on the matter, but wanted to hear from the community at large.

       

      For my view, Beaglebone has more possibilities in I/O, but can be more difficult to setup use.  To me, the benefits of this far exceeds the minor challenge.

       

      It also seems to me that Rasp Pi is just being used for media server.

       

      This is just a general discussion to open up different points of view.

        • Re: Rasp Pi vs Beaglebone Black
          John Beetem

          You might find last year's discussion on this topic interesting: Pi vs BeagleBone-Black.

          I suggest sprinkling breadcrumbs as you follow the convoluted thread of that discussion so you can find your way back

          • Re: Rasp Pi vs Beaglebone Black
            John Beetem

            rwslaugh wrote:

             

            I'm trying to figure out why more is being done with the Raspberry Pi instead of the Beaglebone Black...

             

            For my view, Beaglebone has more possibilities in I/O, but can be more difficult to setup use.  To me, the benefits of this far exceeds the minor challenge.

             

            It also seems to me that Rasp Pi is just being used for media server.

            RasPi is still the price leader, especially the US$25 Model A: only one USB port and no Ethernet, 256KB RAM, but much lower power consumption so better for a self-powered application.  The idea behind RasPi has always been to make it cheap enough that it's not a big deal if you break it.

             

            While many RasPis are being used as media servers, I expect that's far outnumbered by other uses.  I keeps seeing RasPis everywhere in 'blogs where someone needs a reasonably powerful computer with a small amount of I/O.

             

            BBone is clearly better if you need lots of I/O pins.  However, my impression is that RasPi software is a lot easier to install.

             

            On 29 Feb 2014, Broadcom released the architecture and instruction set for the VideoCore IV GPU in RasPi's BCM2835 SoC.  This gives you a 24 GFLOPS parallel engine to play with.  This is quite significant, since most GPUs (including the one in BBone IFIAK) don't have open architectures so you can only use them through "binary blobs".

             

            BBone has PRUSS, which is quite interesting and a great resource for some kinds of processing.