Rather than keeping the BeagleBone Black’s HDMI connector and chip, the BeagleBone Green contains Seeed Studio ’s plug-and-play Grove connectors. With this board, Seeed Studio looks to help developers and designers capitalise on Seeed’s modular Grove system and the board’s general purpose I/O (GPIO) expansion capabilities.
The board has comparable performance to the BeagleBone Black. The board provides 512 MBytes of DDR3 RAM, 4 GBytes of eMMC flash storage, microSD slot, and two PRU 32-bit microcontrollers, plus a 3D graphics accelerator and NEON floating-point for multimedia. The board also includes 65 possible digital I/Os from the dual 46-pin headers, 10/100 Ethernet, USB client for power and communications, and a USB host. Complementing the BeagleBone Green, the Grove Starter Kit for BeagleBone Green contains 10 Grove modules and three step-by-step guides to help makers quickly build projects with the BeagleBone Green. The BeagleBone Green also supports the same expansion boards (called capes) as the BeagleBone Black.
The BeagleBone Green ships with Linux and BeagleBoard’s Cloud9 integrated development environment (IDE) on the eMMC, and also supports Debian, Ubuntu, and many other distributions of Linux; Android; and other open-source operating systems.