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BeagleBone AI-64 comes with TDA4VM SoC from Texas Instruments

Jun 14, 2022 — by Giorgio Mendoza 2,839 views

The BeagleBoard community released a new BeagleBone board yesterday. The new model is called the BeagleBone AI-64 which builds on the BeagleBone AI SBC released a few years ago. The new Single Board Computer is equipped with the TDA4VM System on Chip (SoC) produced by Texas Instruments.

The SoC implemented for the BeagleBone AI-64 consist of two ARM Cortex-A72, six ARM Cortex-R5, a PowerVR Rogue 3D GPU, 4GB LPDDR4, 16GB of eMMC storage, one MicroSD card socket, one GbE LAN port, and many other peripherals.

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TDA4VM block diagram
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Beagleboard.org provided a comprehensible table that summarizes the differences between the BeagleBone AI-64, BeagleBone AI and the BeagleBone Black.



BeagleBone SBCs comparison
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The main differences between the BB AI-64 besides the TDA4VM SoC are the dual MIPI CSI for cameras, the miniDP for display, the M.2 E-Key with PCIe, USB, SDIO and the upgraded 4GB RAM.

 
BeagleBone AI-64 front (left) and back (right)
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As the other models this new SBC also has 72 digital pins and the device can still boot from eMMC or the microSD card.

There is already a GitHub for the BeagleBone AI-64 that includes schematics and other documentation. Refer to this link for more info.

Some of the specifications listed for the BeagleBone AI-64 include:

  • Processor System:
    • TI’s Jacinto TDAVM with 2x Cortex-A72 (up to 2GHz)
    • 6x Arm Cortex-R5F MCUs (up to 1.0 GHz)
    • C7x floating point, vector DSP, 80 GFLOPS, 256 GOPS (up to 1.0 GHz)
    • PowerVR Rogue 8XE GE8430 3D GPU
  • Memory/Storage
    • 4GB LPDDR4
    • 16GB eMMC Kingston EMMC16G-TB29-PZ90
    • 1x microSD socket
  • Display/Audio:
    • 1x miniDP 
    • audio via miniDP (stereo)
  • Networking:
    • 1x GbE LAN RJ45 ports 
  • USB:
    • 1x USB 3.0 Type-C Host/Client Port (5Gbps)
    • 2x USB 3.0 Type-A Host Ports
  • I/O Interfaces:
    • 4x UART
    • 16-bit LCD interface
    • 2x I2C
    • 2x SPI
    • 8x PWM
    • 4x Timer
    • A/D (3.3V)
  • Power:
    • USB C or DC Jack (5V, >3A)
  • Dimensions:
    • 4″ x 3.1″

 Further information

Beagleboard.org has listed Digi-Key, OKDO and Element14 as the main suppliers. They seem to be out of stock on Digi-Key. Element14 has the boards available for ~$244. OKDO has them listed for ~$189, but it seems they are already sold out. The TDA4VM SoCs also seem to be sold out on TI’s product page.

 

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