BeagleBoard-X15 with IEEE 1588 (PTP) PHY Chips

The BeagleBoard-X15 has quite an impressive set of features. However I think that it is missing one thing: IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) PHY chips. For example, which is TI’s DP83640 PHY chip.

I believe the board as is will be great for doing real-time tasks within itself and its peripherals. However it lacks the ability to sync with real-time systems where precision is key.

I think adding this to the design will not only be beneficial to me, but also to many other developers. Think of all the uses for PTP (Industrial Automation, Test & Measurement, Robotic Control, etc.)

BeagleBoard, do you think there is a possibility of incorporating this into your design? If not, I’d like to put together a group of independent individuals to make this happen (both hardware-wise and software-wise).


We have no plans to do so at this time. The space on the board is very tight and this device is larger that what is there now.