11. Controlling Motors with the BeagleBone Black

The BeagleBone Black (BBB) is a single-board computer similar to the Raspberry Pi discussed in the previous chapter. The two computers have a lot in common: Both provide a wide range of capabilities on a board the size of a credit card. Both process data with an ARM processing core, both have 512 MB of RAM, and both have enough resources to run a full operating system. They’re also approximately the same price ($35 for the Raspberry Pi, $55 for the BeagleBone Black).

Unlike the Raspberry Pi, the BBB contains a number of peripheral cores that serve roles similar to those of microcontrollers. These cores enable the BBB to convert analog signals to digital data and generate high-precision pulse width ...

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