BeagleBone Black Wireless now has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities built in, removing the need for design or hardware workarounds. Focused on connectivity, the 10/100 Ethernet port from the BeagleBone Black is replaced with a TI WiLink WL1835 which is a high-performance 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi module with Bluetooth. Debian Linux is preinstalled and there is 4 GB of onboard eMMC memory. Element 14 says designers can be developing using their web browser in less than 5 minutes using just one USB cable. This BeagleBone Black Wireless is also compatible with existing cape plug-in boards designed for BeagleBone Black.
For designers already working with the BeagleBone Black and element14 BeagleBone Black Industrial, wireless communication is now available through the element14 Wireless Connectivity Cape , which expands the capability of the BeagleBone device by adding a variety of wireless connectivity standards, appropriate to developing IoT applications. The cape utilizes the Texas Instruments WiLink 8 (WL1837) industrial dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & Bluetooth Smart (Low energy) module also including Zigbee and NFC functionality. Additional capes and accessories can be stacked or added with the inclusion of I/O headers on the cape, as well as on the BeagleBone Black board.
The element14 Display Cape allows designers using the BeagleBone boards to connect a 4.3-inch colour touchscreen display directly to the board. With capacitive overlay, the Display Cape provides an LED backlit screen for a smartphone-like interface, for interactive projects, embedded systems and standalone installations.
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