Beagleboard:BeagleBone Black Accessories

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This page provides information on the various accessories that have been verified to work on the BeagleBone Black.
This is not a comprehensive list, but if you know that one does work and is not listed here, please contact *[support@beagleboard.org]and let us know.


Capes

Capes are expansion boards that can be plugged into the expansion headers of the BeagleBone Black that add functionality. These were originally made for the BeagleBone. For the most part, compatibility has been maintained in the design of the BeagleBone Black, but there are a few exceptions. The sections below list the boards that have been verified as either compatible or not compatible. This is not a complete list and as these capes are tested, this section will be updated to reflect the results.

Compatible Capes

Incompatible Capes

5VDC Power Supplies

The board uses the same power supply as the Beaglebone. 5VDC, 1A, 2.1mm, center positive. The power supply is not supplied with the board.

DC Supply.jpg

Sources for supplies that work include:

If you plan to use capes or add your own circuitry, higher amperage may be required.

USB Cables

This will normally be supplied with the BeagleBone Black, but in the case of the RevA4, it was not.
The connector on the board is a miniUSB type B female connector and requires a miniUSB type B male mating connector.
The original BeagleBone uses a miniUSB type AB connector.

USB Cable.jpg



Serial Debug Cables

The default serial port settings for the board are:

Baud 115,200
Bits 8
Parity N
Stop Bits 1
Handshake None


Standard FTDI Cable

The debug cable is a standard FTDI to TTL cable. Make sure you get the 3.3V version. You can purchase this from several different sources including but not limited to:

FTDI Cable.jpg

Pin 1 on the cable is the black wire and connects to pin 1 on the board, the pin with the white dot next to it.

Adafruit 4 Pin Cable (PL2303)

One is from *Adafruit. This is a Prolific chipset based cable. Some people have reported issues with the cable causing some issues with data corruption. You experience may vary. You will need to install the Prolific drivers. Those can be downloaded from Adafruit.

RPI Serial.png


   Board       Wire    Function
  Pin 1.....Black.....Ground
Pin 4.....Green.....Receive
Pin 5.....Orange....Transmit

NOTE: The naming of the signals reflect those of the cable. The swapping of TX and RX takes place on the board.

You will also find an extra RED wire on this cable. Just leave it unconnected.

FTDI 3 Pin Cable

You can purchase the another version direct from *FTDI
This cable only has three wires for connection. You can find the datasheet and a picture at *Cable

   Board     Wire       Function
  Pin 1.....Black......Ground
Pin 4.....Yellow.....Receive
Pin 5.....Orange.....Transmit

NOTE: The naming of the signals reflect those of the cable. The swapping of TX and RX takes place on the board.

Olimex 3 Pin Cable (PL2303)

A third version is sold by *Olimex

  Board     Wire       Function
  Pin 1.....Blue......Ground
Pin 4.....Green.....Receive
Pin 5.....Red.......Transmit

HDMI Cables

The board uses a microHDMI cable. Sources include but are not limited to:


MicroHDMI.jpg

USB Cables

Supported Monitors and Resolutions

The following monitors and resolutions have been tested for operation with the BeagleBone Black. Check here often as we will update the list as we confirm the operation.
If you have a monitor that works fine, let us know the model and resolution at which it works and we will add it to the list. Only the highest resolution is listed below.

Links are not provided as they change frequently. So, search on the model number to find a source for these.

Sony Model LMD-2450W 1280 x 1024 @60Hz
Hitachi Model LD9000T 1280 x 720 @60Hz
Samsung UN32EH500F 1280 x 1024 @60Hz
Samsung P2770HD Syncmaster 1280 x 1024 @60Hz
MAG GML 2226 2200M 1280 x 1024 @60Hz

Televisions

The following TVs and resolutions have been tested for operation with the BeagleBone Black. Check here often as we will update the list as we confirm the operation.
If you have a TV that works fine, let us know the model and resolution at which it works and we will add it to the list. Only the highest resolution is listed below.

Links are not provided as they change frequently. So, search on the model number to find a source for these.

Vizio E371VL 1280x720 @60Hz.

Keyboards

BTC USB 6100C
Inland USB 70010
Gear Head Wireless KB3800TPW
Microsoft Wireless 800

Mice

Microsoft Wireless 1000

USB HUBS

To Be Updated

WIFI Adapters

To Be added


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