You might have heard....
Two open hardware pioneers have combined forces to bring the famously
easy-to-use experience of Arduino to a high-performance ARM®-based
Linux computer and prototyping platform derived from the open hardware
designs of BeagleBoard.org and Arduino Leonardo. As an open hardware
project, BeagleBoard.org's collaboration with Arduino helps to advance
accessible technology for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone
interested in creating interactive objects or environments everywhere.
***Arduino familiarity, freed from the tether of a laptop***
For many projects that previously required an external computer, the
Arduino TRE will provide all the necessary tools on one small board at
an affordable price with low power consumption. Programmable in
Arduino's highly accessible C-derived language with open source roots
in Processing and Wiring, Arduino TRE enables users to target
real-time microcontroller tasks or Linux tasks using open source
libraries supporting vision and graphics functionality. Arduino TRE
provides a combination of instant familiarity with a monumental jump
in performance and available software to extend the experience.
Arduino TRE features the processor that powers BeagleBone Black, a TI
Sitara™ AM335x. It also features a common footprint and electronics as
the Arduino Leonardo, enabling compatibility with a huge variety of
Arduino shields. Further integration includes a 4-port USB hub for
hosting a large number of standard USB peripherals, a 2-port USB hub
on the client side for simultaneous access to both integrated
processors on-board, a stereo audio codec with standard 1/8th" stereo
speaker and line-input jacks, a dedicated XBee connector for wireless
communications and a full-sized HDMI connector.
See the pictures at the link above for some additional preview information.
***BeagleBoard.org is a community built on openness and a commitment
For BeagleBoard.org, this alliance is a true honor that we hope will
positively shape collaboration in the open hardware world moving
forward, growing the abilities of developers using open tools and
advancing open hardware platforms optimized for running the largest
body of open source software. While this will be an Arduino product,
supported through the Arduino forums, the BeagleBoard.org discussion
group has consistently been a place for lively discussion of all
platforms and pride in BeagleBoard.org workmanship is inescapable.
While Arduino TRE prototype development was initially done with a
relatively small group of collaborators, including the BeagleBoard.org
Foundation, the plan is to now move quickly into an open development
phase where broad community feedback and contributions will play a
critical role in the final development of the product. Because of
this, we can't say exactly when the final version of the product will
ship, but developers can look to be fully informed of ongoing
development work in the future so they can make informed decisions on
when to become active with their own projects.
We find incredible satisfaction in this collaboration with Arduino and
look forward to working with other individuals and groups who can see
benefit in advancing open hardware based platforms optimized for
running the most open source software and growing the body of
developers using open tools, especially including all existing
BeagleBoard.org platforms and the new Arduino TRE. We can't wait to
find out what you will create!