I never heard of this tiny critter until my uncle sent me an e-mail asking me if I can help him develop software for it. Being unfamiliar with this new device, I searched for it and found the website, Beagleboard.org.
It is best described as "a low-cost, fan-less single board computer that unleashes laptop-like performance and expandability without the bulk, expense, or noise of typical desktop machines."
The processor, an OMAP 3530, boasts of
Over 1,200 Dhrystoneusing the superscalar ARM Cortex-A8 with highly accurate branch prediction and 256KB L2 cache running at up to 600MHz
OpenGLÂ© ES 2.0 capable 2D/3D graphics accelerator capable of rendering 10 million polygons per second
HD video capable TMS320C64x+ DSP for versatile signal processing at up to 430MHz
USB power via complete chip-set with minimal additional power-consuming logic
Now imagine the possibilities. I am hoping that my uncle sends me a kit to test. Will let you know if and when I get a chance to play with this.