I'm looking for a source for a few raw, unpopulated PCBs for the
Beagleboard. I know Digikey sells the finished product, and I could
take the Gerbers and find a place to fab them myself, but if possible,
I'd rather just buy a few boards that someone else has already fabbed.
I've looked through past posts here and It doesn't look like anyone is
selling raw boards, but if there is, I'd love to hear about it.
The company I work for did find someone to buy unpopulated boards
from, although I think we ended up returning them because we just went
ahead with our own derivative design. I will see if I can find the
details on who we got them from.
I might be able to help. We do not sell boards with the BeagleBoard LOGO on them. They are reserved for the BeagleBoard production only. But, we may be able to find a way to get you some. How many do you need?
I don't work for TI or the Beagle group, we are an independent company
that bought some boards so we could do some manufacturing process
testing, and it turned out we didn't need them. We have five
unpopulated Rev B1 boards. Would those be of use to you? What do you
plan to use them for?
I think five would be a good number. Brett in the post after yours
mentioned that he has five Rev B1 boards but I'd really like to go
with the current rev and the current BOM on the beagleboard site.
We're going to build them up to create some demo boards. We don't need
the logo on them.
Rev C2 is the latest, but the BOM is still available for these older boards.
I've been digging through revision histories and things to see if the
boards you have would work. In the hardeware reference manual, a rev
B1 isn't listed, only rev A, B4-7 and C2, so I'm not sure if it would
work with the current published Bill of Material.
There are notes about older rev boards using a different package for
U9 and U11 and there's the change from OMAP silicon version ES2.1 to
ES3.0 and a few other misc changes involving power connectors and
caps. So, I'm not sure where your board fits in the evolution of the
I could deal with the U9 and U11 change and the caps. I need the power
connector to work (the manual says it doesn't until B4). I don't know
if the silicon change for the OMAP chip matters. Do you know if it
matters which OMAP silicon revision is used either for the board or
for the software? Does the power connector function normally on your
Since we'd be assembling them here in our shop to test our process and
create demo boards, we'd need the gerbers that go with this rev. too.
When we got these boards, that was our goal too (process testing).
When we realized that the Gerber files we had were for a different
rev, it was fairly late in that phase of our project, so we just went
ahead and built our own boards (which worked on the first try,
amazingly, given there were several new technologies involved). If you
are not able to find the right Gerber files for B1, I would definitely
try to find some other boards, as I know the ones we have don't match
the later B revs. I'm not sure what changes there were from B1 to
later revs. Sorry I can't help.
Okay. Thanks for the information.
Rev B1 is the PCB version. It is used on Rev B6 and Rev B7 assemblies. It is the latest rev B PCB. Short of the Rev C2 PCB, it is the latest. There are gerbers on the website that match these boards. To do what you wnat to do, these boards will work fine.
Thanks for clarifying. That helps.
Which board house makes the PCBs for the Beagle Board? Also, who
The PCBs are made by DDI. www.ddiglobal.com
The boards are assembled by CircuitCO www.circuitco.com
If someone is still interested in bare Beagle Board PCBs(based on
BB_REVC2_GRBR), I will soon have a few extra. We are going to do PoP
validation in a local factory using the Beagle Board PCB.
How many boards?
Only 1 (one). I would like to piggy-back it and try to use it for
feeding the LCD signals of a 1080p25 configured
to an FPGA which does frame rate doubling. The FPGA board is available.
I figured the C2 can be used as a piggy-back module with the new LCD
header (drilled holes).
Hmmm, I don’t think I can get a single board built just. If the volume was much higer maybe. Send me a list of everyting you want removed.