Jason Kridner Gerald Coley and I started up BeagleBoard.org as a lunch conversation in 2007. Both of us were TI employees at the time (I still am), but we wanted to make OMAPs (mobile phone chips) more accessible and I suggested making something that helped the Linux community was the way to go about that. I started programming when I was 8 when my mom got a TRS-80 to run her home business. I then spent every dollar I could get at Radio Shack building "Electronics Mini-notebook" projects. This little BeagleBoard.org skunkworks project seemed like a great chance for me to help make sure other people had that kind of experience.
@Jason Kridner !
Thank you for joining us
Love it when general lunchtime convos turn into products!! good job sticking with it!!
Just a reminder to all that we're prioritizing the questions on the sheet -- off-topic discussion can start once those are through, time permitting :)
@Jason Kridner Does TI provide any help or resources for you, or did you do this the two of you on your own?
@Jason Kridner ?
Ready to get started,
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Those mini-notebooks were GREAT!
@Daren Schwenke "Why oh why are not more people using the beaglebone?"
First one's from
@Norse I got my boss to put up $25k for the first board layout and prototypes.
Gerald and I had a theme in the early days....
it was "keep TI out of TI's way"
so, we always tried to keep it independent.
Starting funding came when Digi-Key placed a purchase order for the first 10k boards, and the TI reputation obviously helped with that a lot.
Over time, we launched the non-profit
Reminder that additional questions should go on the sheet or saved for open discussion. Don't forget your project ideas!
then, we eventually altered the leadership and now I'm the only TI employee on the board.
we have a 5 member board (all volunteers) and a paid executive director.
Good way to prevent tunnel vision
pretty much everything else is either paid for by TI contributions to the community, manufacturer contributions to projects or Foundation sponsored contracts.
My role is as the community manager, website hack and general product definition.
Ultimately, the less of me the better and I really do try to make this a community project.
@Daren Schwenke 's Q?
Any thoughts on
@Kumar, Abhishek and @Michael Welling really keep things going.
Activities like the Google Summer of Code and contributions from community members like
Anything else I should say about me before going into questions?
Yes, favorite color?
You could layout the virtues of the platform, such as PRU's and such.
Guess I could say I'm a 25 year veteran of TI and have done everything from ASIC design, product engineering, audio/video codec software, board design and I dunno.
@Daren Schwenke k, I can try to give an intro to what makes BeagleBoard.org "products" interesting.
We started with mobile phone chips, but moved to more industrial chips over time.
The most popular board is BeagleBone Black that features an AM3358. That's an industrial focused ARM processor with a good mix of peripherals that makes it nice for building electronics prototypes and products. the PRUs are the generally killer feature that keeps it really relevant today, even after it has been out since 2013. they are 2 200-MHz RISC microcontrollers...Read more »