Tiny PocketBeagle single board computer launched as a to rival Raspberry Pi Zero

Sep 25 2017

BeagleBoard Foundation announced earlier this week the launch of PocketBeagle, a tiny single board computer aimed at beginners and professionals. It’s a low-cost Linux-based expansible computer capable of being used in robots, drones, and 3D printers.

Termed as a competitor of Raspberry Pi Zero, the PocketBeagle has some nifty features with an estimated price tag of $25. It’s based on Octavo Systems OSD3358 system-in-package (SiP) device with 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8. Plus, it has 512MB DDR3 RAM, 2×32-bit 200-MHz programmable real-time units (PRUs), 3D Accelerator, 72 expansion pin headers, and finallymicro-USBB host/client and microSD connectors.

The PocketBeagle may directly compete with the $10 Raspberry Pi Zero. RPUs in the PocketBeagle make sense in handling little tasks with low latency and low overhead, whereas the ARM does the heavy lifting of handling high-throughput applications on the board.

The nearest competitor Raspberry Pi Zero was also launched amid much fanfare and was covered by Postscapes when it first launched in March this year.

A more complete line of competitors in the space can be found in our IoT Hardware Guide.

More Details


+ The product is available via BeagleBoard’s distributors including Arrow, DigiKey, and Mouser.

+ The single board computer can be used to embed a Linux brain in hobbyist, as well as professional IoT pilot projects.

+ The PocketBeagle open source board ships with EAGLE and KiCAD files.

Additional Coverage

- https://beagleboard.org/pocket

- https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/22/the-pocketbeagle-is-the-tiniest-and-most-whimsically-named-single-board-computer-on-the-market/

- http://www.zdnet.com/article/raspberry-pi-zero-sized-pocketbeagle-25-open-source-computer-is-tiny-as-a-key-fob/

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