Wrapped, launched and ready for sale (not counting a 3-week lead time), the newest addition to TI’s canine family, the Beagleboard-X15 should excite geeks anxious for their next fix of small board computing platforms.
With great specs on the beast, the X15 looks to be an exciting piece of engineering:
- Dual core ARM A-15 running @ 1.5 GHz, 2 GB of SDRAM, hardware acceleration for the graphics engine,
- 157 pins
- 4 GB eMMc solid state drive
- Smallish form factor (4.2 in. x 4 in.)
- 3x USB ports
- Audio I/O (hooray!)
- Camera and LCD expansion ports (another big hooray!)
- Real time clock (hallelujah)
Meanwhile, Beagleboard.org emphatically says it’s not a replacement for the Beaglebone Black. Of course, how could it be since distributors are showing a price of USD $199.00 ($239.00 MSRP) vs. the Black’s $50.00ish dollars sticker?
Which begs the question: for whom exactly are they targeting this board? Perhaps the professional embedded crowd? At this price, it’s certainly not for makers, neophytes, or students. Hmm. A bit confounding this business decision by the Beagleboard folks.