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BeagleBoard-X15 Description

The BeagleBoard-X15 is the newest member of the BeagleBoard family. Measuring 4" x 4.2", it is based on a Dual Core A15 processor running at 1.5GHZ and features 2GB of DDR3L Memory.
Below is a picture of the top side of the board

STATUS UPDATE: RELEASED TO BUILD. The planned ship date to distributors is November 15th. We are starting production build now of 2,000 boards based on processor availability.

We expect to have the first pass on the System Reference Manual out by the end of October. We are working on getting that pulled together now. The rest of the design material will be out in the same time frame or possibly sooner depending on how things come together.

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Top View of the Board
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Bottom View of the Board

BeagleBoard-X15 Features

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BeagleBoard-X15 Hardware Files

BeagleBoard-X15 Questions and Answers

Does this replace the BeagleBone Black?


What is the expected price?

MSRP is $239

How many general purpose I/O pins are there?

There are four connectors with 60 pins each with about 157 GPIO pins[1]. The connectors are high-speed surface-mount on the back side of the board and even include PCIe[2].

Will this be open hardware?

Yes, all designs are released as open hardware, with source schematics and layout available for your modification. We choose devices that are available in single unit quantities from worldwide distributors and publish our bill of materials. Documentation for the devices are available without NDA at the time of product launch. Within the processor, there may be some undocumented features, but no closed-source blobs are required to be loaded to boot the devices and full control is turned over to the users.

Is the graphics engine software open source?

The TI Sitara device used on BeagleBoard-X15 utilizes Imagination Technologies' PowerVR SGX544 GPU[3]. The kernel components of the current solution are GPLv2 licensed. There is no open source support for the user space components of this GPU from Imagination, but the FSF has proposed a project to create an open driver[4].

Will I be able to program the C66x DSPs?

Yes, there is a free C/C++ compiler from Texas Instruments and support in the mainline of the open source GCC C/C++ compiler. Support for interprocessor communication is also included in the mainline Linux kernel via RPMSG[5] [6] [7] . debian wheezy/jessie images:
sudo apt-get install ti-c6000-cgt-v8.0.x-installer

Debug dsptop[8] Support needs linux kernel: 4.1.10-ti-r23/4.1.10-ti-rt-r23 or greater from the v4.1.x-ti branch
sudo apt-get install dsptop

TI OpenCL[9] Support needs linux kernel: 4.1.10-ti-r23/4.1.10-ti-rt-r23 or greater from the v4.1.x-ti branch
sudo apt-get install firmware-am57xx-opencl-monitor ti-opencl
examples under: /usr/share/ti/examples/opencl/

BeagleBoard-X15 Mainline Support


As of v2015.01-rc3, mainline u-boot supports the x15 :;a=commit;h=1e4ad74b875f4da91193afffb0bb0db90ec7b886 However for the being use the ti fork:

git clone git://
cd ti-u-boot/
git checkout origin/ti-u-boot-2015.07 -b tmp
make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=${CC} distclean
make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=${CC} beagle_x15_defconfig


Hardware Enabled Kernel Version Commit
Initial Support 3.19-rc1 5a0f93c6576a83d8d07c1b569641934294439ac0
Dual Ethernet 3.20-rc1 a75dacf8204a8ace6d42a28a157af3cc65ed3ddc
GPIO Fan Control (1) 3.20-rc1 7a03f2c08d62371a6459331036e214bd7288ed10
USB Client (USB2) 3.20-rc1 f60db98eaa67e02915f01e11933501127bc004b0
HDMI Example Example
Audio Example Example


echo enabled > /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/mode

BeagleBoard-X15 Firmware


This firmware was found in the meta-ti tree:;a=tree;f=recipes-bsp/ipumm-fw debian wheezy/jessie images:
sudo apt-get install ipumm-dra7xx-installer

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