Beagle Board has a long history of making reasonably ARM development boards. Recently they come up with interesting BeagleBone series of boards.
BeagleBone is an $89 MSRP, credit-card-sized Linux computer that connects to the Internet and runs software such as Android 4.0 and Ubuntu. The board is based on AM335x 720MHz ARM® processor.
BeagleBone Black is a $45 MSRP community-supported development platform for developers and hobbyists. Boot Linux in under 10 seconds and get started on development in less than 5 minutes with just a single USB cable. BeagleBone Black Development Board is based on ARM® Cortex™-A8 processor (1GHz Sitara™ AM335x ARM Cortex-A8). BeagleBone Black ships with the Ångström Linux distribution in onboard FLASH. The board support also for example Ubuntu, Android and Fedora. BeagleBone Black’s capabilities can be extended using plug-in boards called “capes” that can be plugged into BeagleBone Black’s two 46-pin dual-row expansion headers.
The Register has an interesting article Review: Beagleboard Beaglebone Black that compares BeagleBone Black to Raspberry Pi. It says that Comparing the two isn’t entirely invidious: many folk who might have been considering the Pi for use as a very tiny desktop computer or media server, may now be thinking the Black, with its more powerful processor, might not be a better bet. The AM335x is set to clock higher than the Pi’s chip can go – 1GHz compared to 700MHz – but it’s possible to manually clock the Pi up. As two variations on the same theme, the differences between Pi and Black are subtle. The Black is clearly the more suitable device for hardware projects (92 expansion pins on two banks 46-pin female connectors, six serial pins for debugging). The Pi the choice for low-cost educational computing.
The article says that you’ll probably want to try the Black if Android is your thing. There’s a working version of Jelly Bean available for the Black, provided by Texas Instruments in support of its Sitara SoCs.
BeagleBone Black looks like a very interesting product to check out some day.