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      • 360. Re: Pi vs BeagleBone-Black
        morgaine

        The ages-old maxim "horses for courses" always applies, or alternatively its engineering version:  "Know the requirements of your problem, then pick the solution that best satisfies them".  Fanbois can be detected by entering their favourite duck on the Formula 1 grid, and arguing strongly that ducks are always best.

         

        Neither the BBB nor the Pi are appropriate solutions if one needs fast access to local hard disk or SSD --- the candidate boards which provide SATA typically use Freescale or Allwinner SoCs.  Likewise, no known ARM-based board is currently able to utilize more than a fraction of the bandwidth of a gigabit Ethernet connection, so the solution space for fast networking still belongs mostly to x86.  Neither is much use when you need lots of memory either.  Although this situation is highly likely to change, that's where we stand currently.

         

        In any case, Pi and BBB have both been out for ages, on the timescale of change in this industry.  A more interesting question is what those two manufacturers have up their respective sleeves.  They're both under pressure now from the march of progress.

         

        Morgaine.

        • 361. Re: Pi vs BeagleBone-Black
          gsgill112

          Well, Everything depends upon  Requirements , in my opinion ,

          1. If you are using batteries/ Solar to power the board, I would suggest go with Pi, during my practicals with these boards , I found that by 6v ~300mA I was able to boot up Pi but my BBB didn’t even responded !!

           

          2. On the contrary if you want more GPIO's and Don’t want to have 10 different things for getting Started (in case of Pi you have to purchase charger/ SD Card with contrast to BBB where you just need BBB)

           

          3. I personally prefer BBB, as it serves my purpose .

           

          morgaine All other SBC' are costly for example FREESCALE /Allwinner SOC will be in $60 to $100 but it sorely is worth working on these .

          • 362. Re: Pi vs BeagleBone-Black
            pete_l

            Andy, if you need a board with aflexible PSU take a look at the Olimex boards. They accept inputs from 6 - 20V and have an on-board step-down regulator. When you say you "need" it, I expect you are therefore willing to

            All the boards I've used: Pi, BBB, Olimex and Cubie have advantages and disadvantages. The Pi has the best support, but the worst features. All the others have onboard flash, which is best for 24*7 operation (And can run Android, if that's your thing). However they don't have the extensive access to their chips' facilities such as SPI and/or PWM.

            At present I'm favouring the Olimex boards for my projecs, as they have a nice range of LCDs that just plug straight in.

            • 363. Re: Pi vs BeagleBone-Black

              It's worth noting that not all Olimex boards handle 6-20v input, the Lime (http://olimex.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/a10-olinuxino-lime-eur-30-open-source-hardware-linux-sbc-first-prototypes/) is 5v only. Given the proposed cost, it seems to be the one most likely to be in direct competition with the Pi & BBB.

               

              I'm curious why you say boards other than the Pi don't have access to things like SPI. The BBB for example has extensive support for this sort of stuff due to supporting the various capes. I've yet to come across any of the other boards that are lacking in these areas either, usually it's just a case of loading the appropriate driver and doing what's needed to configure it.

              • 364. Re: Pi vs BeagleBone-Black

                Gurinder Singh Gill wrote:

                 

                Well, Everything depends upon  Requirements , in my opinion ,

                1. If you are using batteries/ Solar to power the board, I would suggest go with Pi, during my practicals with these boards , I found that by 6v ~300mA I was able to boot up Pi but my BBB didn’t even responded !!

                the BBB has an onboard LIPO charger, which at face value makes it much better for battery powered applications, see http://www.element14.com/community/community/knode/single-board_computers/next-gen_beaglebone/blog/2013/08/10/bbb--rechargeable-on-board-battery-system

                Generally, from what we've observed, the BBB also draws less current than the RPi.

                 

                As for running off 6v batteries, the BBB is a 5v only device and the PMIC has over-voltage protection, so I'd not be particularly surprised that it does what it's designed to do and shuts down when too many volts are applied.

                • 365. Re: Pi vs BeagleBone-Black
                  qmabary

                  I Would still chose the pi over the beaglebone just because of the knowledge base and interfaces available. If I was real knowledgeable and wanted to go on my own then maybe the later would be a good choice.

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