Digikey quantity available

Hi All,

do I understand correctly that the Beagleboard at Digikey is still out of stock ?
Are there any alternatives ?
Someone maybe wants to sell a second hand board to a guy in Italy ?

Thanks for supporting,
have a nice day.
Mike

I checked just yesterday and they still say out of stock. A delivery
date is shown of 11/24 which is over two weeks ago. I have not seen
any recent posts telling when the boards will be orderable.

On the other hand, you may want to wait for the rev C boards which
should fix some issues with the B rev boards. There are a few things
that don't work in the B ref such as the USB host mode and they are
going to bring the LCD signals out directly. This is supposed to be
out in Q1.

Rick

do I understand correctly that the Beagleboard at Digikey is still out of stock ?

Digi-Key was out of stock again, not "still" out of stock. They should have just received another 600 boards which should get processed in the system soon. If you place your order, you wait will not be very long.

Are there any alternatives ?

You can look at http://beagleboard.org/breeds. I believe there are a couple value-added resellers as well, such as BeagleBoard Shop and http://www.cranessoftware.com/services/training/beagleboard.html.

D/K has 500 boards in stock as of today. Rev C will be out LATE Q1 so it will be a while yet.

Gerald

I'm curious, why is it taking so long to get the C rev out? I believe
I read posts that said the rev C boards were being debugged some
months ago. I'm not trying to criticize, but it seems like getting
rev C out should be a bit quicker considering the few changes.

Can you educate me on this?

Rick

We had to go through another board spin when we moved the USB to port2 as USB port 1 was not working. We made the decision that we needed to have the USB Host port working, so we did a respin of the board. . A spin of a PCB takes several weeks to do. We are do to start the production cycle in January. It takes roughly 12 weeks after we start production to get boards into D/K.

Gerald

It's just a huntch I have two theories?
1. they need to get the stock down that has alrready been made such as PCB
boards.
2. other competitors have drasticaly reduced there pricing to stave off the
wave that has been moving to Beagle. they are giving more bang for the buck,
these competitors already have the RAW LCD outputs accessable and more nand
flash.

The time spans Gerald has been quoting are similar to my experience
with small production runs. BeagleBoard is not something just any
assembler can make because of all its fine pitch devices.

1. they need to get the stock down that has alrready been made such as PCB
boards.

I doubt that. The PC board (I think Gerald said it's about $20
earlier) is practically the only BeagleBoard component that isn't also
used on the Rev. C.

2. other competitors have drasticaly reduced there pricing to stave off the
wave that has been moving to Beagle. they are giving more bang for the buck,
these competitors already have the RAW LCD outputs accessable and more nand
flash.

Can you list some of these competitors? I haven't seen anything that
provides better capabilities than BeagleBoard for $149. Gumstix Overo
is close, but you need the expansion board to provide external
interfaces.

We do have stock of Rev B1 boards that we still have yet to ship to D/K. But these will be gone before we can get the REV C out to D/K, so we expect there will be a few weeks where inventory is out. In order to get that $20 price on the PCB, you must order PCBs on a 8 week delivery and order a bunch of boards. That in and of itself causes delay in the schedule. We are getting the board to production as quickly as we can. We will be working over Christmas to make this happen. There are a few additional parts required for Rev C, but we had already purchased those parts, so the PCB and manufacturing process are the items that need to be done to get the Rev C out.

Gerald

regarding question No. 2
I am a PCB designer and am looking at this on a oem shop point of view..
when I deal with custom product for my clients things need to fit in with
there application not mine so we are used to integrating base units such as
Gumstick or Cogent there alike. To make a 4 layer target board with all
nesseary ports & peripherals in the place you really wont them. it is far
less labor cost to go that rout than the labor to modify or hack to fit with
your needs. I have seen allot neat proto typing going on with the beagle but
that is not a economical way to do it for a production run of 500 units or
less.. do you see where I am coming from ?

"O" one last thought when it comes to gumstick or cogent type products they
will use the same pins for all there different processors families so if I
wonted to use a marvel px270 with WnCE or Atmel Arm32 with Linux I can use
the same auto rut PCB template from my cad library. then I use Advance
Circuits and get small run PROTO PCB's for $44 a pice with a one time
penalization fee... and your done.. :wink:

I know about 2 boards being available.
One is Icetek:
http://focus.ti.com/dsp/docs/thirdparty/catalog/devtoolsproductfolder.tsp?actionPerformed=productFolder&productId=4358
This one is usd 135, gives about the same bang for a little bit less
buck (no lcd, same nand size).
The other one is whatever is in pandora (but that one has no dvi out,
and is more bucks but also adds wifi and bluetooth).
Note that overo is 3503 and has no dsp.

Yet another board: http://www.bsquare.com/products/hardware_solutions/3530.asp
with lcd but at $ 5.995 outside my budget.