Sales of the open source BeagleBone Black SBC, which began shipping in May, have surpassed 100,000 units according to BeagleBoard.org.
BeagleBoard.org launched the first major community-backed open source single board computer (SBC) when it shipped theBeagleBoard back in 2008. Since then, the TI-oriented community group has spun off several BeagleBoard versions, and followed up with a smaller, cheaper BeagleBone board in 2011. A faster, cheaper, and HDMI-ready BeagleBone Black model appeared in May of this year.
The 100,000 unit figure is on the conservative side, according to Dave Anders, Senior Embedded Engineer at Circuitco, as it reflects only what has been sold directly to distributors such as Digikey, Mouser, and Adafruit.
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