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First officially sanctioned BeagleBone COM ships with carrier

May 25, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 1,204 views

Mentorel’s BeagleBone uSomIQ, the first sanctioned COM version of the BeagleBone Black SBC, is also available with a BoneCape carrier board.

Hong Kong based Mentorel’s recently introduced BeagleBone uSomIQ computer-on-module, which was previously known as the uSomIQ BBB, has been added to’s list of BeagleBone Black compatible products. This makes it the first officially sanctioned COM version of the BeagleBone. With an optional uSomIQ BoneCape carrier, it becomes an industrial-ready BeagleBone Black clone.

Mentorel BeagleBone uSomIQ, front and back views
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There’s already an unofficial BeagleBone Black-based COM version called the BeagleCore BCM1, which is being distributed by Conrad Electronics, and recently began shipping starting at $55. There’s also a tiny Octavo Systems OSD3358 system-in-package module based on the BeagleBone Black, which also lacks an official endorsement of compatibility.

BeagleCore BCM1 COM and Octavo Systems OSD3358 SiP
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BeagleBone uSomIQ details

The BeagleBone uSomIQ is designed with industrial-level components intended to “run 24/7 in commercial products” in -40 to 85°C environments, says Mentorel. The board features high density FCI MezzoStak mezzanine connectors qualified for extreme temperatures. It also offers a stub-less contact design that supports “PCEeG2 High Speed performance,” and ensures reliable operation of high-speed interfaces such as USB 2.0 and Ethernet, says the company.

Block diagrams: BeagleBone uSomIQ (left) and TI AM335x SoC
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The 55 x 40 x 6.5mm BeagleBone uSomIQ is built around the same TI Sitara AM3358 SoC with PRU subsystem and PowerVR SGX530 GPU as the BeagleBone Black. It is similarly configured with 512MB RAM and 4GB eMMC, although a 256MB RAM version is also available to offer compatibility with the original BeagleBone (BeagleBone White). The module offers a 10/100 Ethernet PHY and support for all of the BeagleBone Black’s many interfaces. OS support includes Linux, Android, Windows Embedded, Windows CE, and QNX.

BoneCape carrier board

Despite its name, the BoneCape is a carrier board that turns the BeagleBone uSomIQ module into a BeagleBone Black clone with -40 to 85°C support.

BoneCape top view, compared to BeagleBone Black
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The BoneCape has the same footprint as the BeagleBone Black SBC, and provides a BeagleBone Black set of real-world ports, including microSD, 10/100 Ethernet, micro-HDMI, USB 2.0 host, and mini-USB 2.0 client.

BoneCape bottom view, with and without COM
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The uSomIQ module plugs into the bottom of the BoneCape, and BeagleBone Black capes can plug into the two 46-pin expansion headers on its top side. The open-spec carrier board also supports Mentorel’s earlier, and very similar uSomIQ AM335x COM.

BoneCape details, as seen from the bottom
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Other sanctioned BeagleBone Black SBC clones with industrial temperature support include a BeagleBone Black Industrial 4G board available from Element14, which gives you -20 to 85°C support, and a similar BeagleBone Black Industrial model from Arrow Electronics that goes to -40 to 85°C.

Further information

Mentorel’s BeagleBone uSomIQ is available now for $90, with discount rates as low as $60/per unit at 5000 pieces. The BoneCape is available without the uSomIQ module for $30. More information may be found at the BeagleBone uSomIQ product page and uSomIQ BoneCape product page. You can buy these and other Mentorel products at Special Computing.

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