Rochester firm rolls out $99 computer

ROCHESTER–The Foundation today announces the global availability of BeaglePlay, an adaptable, open-source performance computing system.

Built on BeagleBoard’s open source Linux, BeaglePlay includes built-in wired and wireless connectivity and ability to connect to a wide selection of sensor and prototyping systems with thousands of options, as well as interfaces and processing performance to support them.

The system uses the Texas Instruments AM625 processor with quad 64-bit Arm Cortex-A53 cores, low-latency microcontroller subsystems, a dedicated Texas Instruments SimpleLink CC1352P7 sub-1 GHz and 2.4-GHz wireless microcontroller unit, and a Texas Instruments WiLink WL1807MOD Wi-Fi module, new and experienced users can use a wide variety of application libraries and examples from Linux, Zephyr, MicroPython and numerous other open source frameworks to add an endless array of sensors, actuators, indicators and new connectivity options.

BeaglePlay software features a customized Debian Linux image with desktop pre-installed along with features such as Wi-Fi access point and BeagleConnect gateway functionality supporting quick and flexible development options.

The computer, available for $99 at several distributors, can be used to build a wide variety of applications, including industrial machine interfaces, retail and point-of-sale automation, vision and analytics, vehicle and drone infrastructure, 3D display systems, medical equipment, smart building technologies, and more.


  • MikroBus header giving access to hundreds of existing Click sensors and actuators
  • Grove connector, by SEEED Studio, a rich, standardized prototyping ecosystem
  • SparkFun QWIIC Connect interface provides access to sensors, LCDs, relays and more


  • 2GB (1Gbx16) 1600MHz 3200 Mbps DDR4
  • 16GB eMMC flash with high-speed interface
  • MicroSD card slot


  • Wi-Fi/2.4G, MIMO/5G, SISO via TI WiLink 8 WL1807 module
  • Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE)/SubG via TI CC1352P7 M4+M0 with BeagleConnect firmware
  • HS-USB Type-C interface for power input and data
  • HS-USB Type-A interface
  • Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45
  • 10Mbit single pair Ethernet (SPE) and 5V/250mA power over data line (PoDL) with RJ11

Display and Camera Connectors

  • HDMI Type-A supporting up to Full-HD/1080P with 24-bit RGB
  • FPC 22 pin 4-Lane MIPI CSI camera connector
  • FPC 40 pin OLDI (LVDS) display interface

User Interfaces

  • 1* User Programmable button, 1* Reset button, 1* Power button
  • 1* Power indication LED, 5* User LEDs
  • 4* U.FL Antenna connectors
  • 2* JTAG 10pin TAG-CONNECT pads for debug connection
  • Real Time Clock (RTC) Circuitry with coin cell battery backup

AM6254 Quad 64-bit Arm® Cortex®-A53, 1.4 GHz processor subsystem featuring:

  • Quad-core Cortex-A53® cluster with
    • 512KB L2 shared cache
    • Each Core with 32KB L1 DCache and 32KB L1 ICache
  • Single-core Arm® Cortex®-M4F at up to 400 MHz
  • Single-core Arm® Cortex®-R5F
  • 3D GPU; up to 2048×1080 @60fps, OpenGL ES 3.1, Vulkan 1.2
  • Programmable Real-Time Unit Subsystem
    • Dual-core PRUSS running at 333MHz
    • Tightly integrated and offering low-latency control of IO pins
    • Take advantage of and other community software libraries

“BeaglePlay is an exciting addition to the family and will enable thousands of applications to be prototyped faster than ever before.” stated Christine Long, CEO of the Foundation.

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