Microsemi:VSC8531BB1G/Specifications and Resources
This is the official Microsemi BeagleBone Black Gigabit VSC8531BB1G Specifications & Resources Wiki maintained and supported by Brian Jaroszewski of Microsemi Corporation.
Credit for generation and maintenance of the original page Beagleboard:BeagleBoneBlack from which this page was developed goes to Gerald Coley a founding member of BeagleBoard.org, a non-profit 501(C) organization.
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- 1 VSC8531BB1G Description
- 2 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the BeagleBone Black, the VSC8531BB1G BeagleBone Black 1G & other BeagleBone Black derivative designs
- 3 Accessories
- 4 Board Revisions and Changes
- 5 Software Resources
- 6 Hardware Files
- 7 Regulatory Compliance Documents
- 8 Export Information
- 9 RMA Support
The VSC8531BB1G is the latest design to join the licensed "BeagleBoard Compatible" family. It is similar to the Beaglebone Black (Rev C) but with some additional features added.
- Upgraded memory to 1GB of DDR3
- Upgraded eMMC to 4GB
- Replaced FE PHY with the Microsemi VSC8531XMW RGMII/RMII Single Port Gigabit Copper Ethernet PHY (and supporting LDOs for the required 1.0V and 2.5V rails)
- Replaced off-the-shelf integrated magnetics RJ-45 jack with the specially designed for Microsemi line of SimpliPHYTM, VeriTimeTM, and IntellisecTM PHYs, Open-Source Hardware compliant HALO Electronics TG111-MSC13LF 8-core transformer, and a quality RJ-45 jack with dual LEDs.
In addition to being FCC Class B, CE, RoHS & REACH certified just like the BeagleBone Black is, this 6-layer development board & evaluation tool, is capable of passing UNH IOL GbE, Fast Ethernet, as well as 10Base-T/Te certification. For anyone out that has attempted to take their end-product through this compliance testing, they will be the first to tell you that it is not straight forward. The layout and magnetic selection is critical to ensuring success.
The VSC8531BB1G can help to reduce the customer's TTM as well as their development costs.
The following table lists the key features of the VSC8531BB1G.
In the VSC8531BB1G shipping box is (1)VSC8531BB1G board, (1)micro USB cable, and (1)Quick Start card that should be read. Note: The customer is responsible for supplying a proper 5V, 2A power adapter. More details about the mechanical requirements, along with a recommend solution, can be found below.
Here is a picture of the VSC8531BB1G (Rev A) prototype board.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the BeagleBone Black, the VSC8531BB1G BeagleBone Black 1G & other BeagleBone Black derivative designs
FAQs related to the Microsemi GbE PHY (VSC8531XMW) will be posted at a later time.
For a list of the confirmed working accessories please go to the Accessories Page
Covered there are cables, power supplies, displays,etc. Anything that can be added to the VSC8531BB1G.
Other Features & Related Links
Please refer to  for all other content including: Cape Support, Wi-Fi Adpater Support, Expansion Header Pin Usage, Serial Header Usage, & other Extremely Useful Links to valuable resources as well as DOs and DON'Ts that must be observed.
Board Revisions and Changes
This board design is essentially a revision of the BeagleBone Black (Rev C) Design with some design modifications made to it by Embedded Product Design LLC.
Currently proposed production version.
Please refer to  for the latest Software images information.
LATEST PRODUCTION FILES (Rev B PCB)
The links below are static links that always point to the latest version of the listed documents. These links can be used by distributors or users to point to the latest documentation. As documents are updated, the links will remain the same, but the actual file will be updated. This insures that you always have the latest documents and your links will always work.
If you have any questions on these files (once made available in the February 2017 time frame), please contact Brian Jaroszewski
The below links do not work at this time as the Rev A design files associated the the prototype boards that are built up are still pending FCC Class B & CE certification. Once the Rev A board is proven to pass FCC Class B and CE, the design files will be posted. If the Rev A design files need to be modified, the below links will indicate the appropriate Rev letter that has passed FCC Class B and CE.
- VSC8531BB1G System Reference Manual Rev A.1(PDF)
- VSC8531BB1G Schematic Files (PDF)
- VSC8531BB1G Schematic Files (OrCAD)
- VSC8531BB1G BOM Files (xls)
- VSC8531BB1G PCB Files (Allegro and Gerbers)
- MD5 Checksum for all files (md5)
- All Hardware Documents
Regulatory Compliance Documents
If you have any questions on these files (once made available in the November time frame), please contact Brian Jaroszewski
These links do not work at this time.
You will need the serial number. It is located on one of the expansion headers in the form of a white label.
Microsemi Corporation will only accept RMA requests for those boards purchased through authorized Microsemi Corporation distributors that carry the VSC8531BB1G.
You can find a list of authorized distributors on the buy pages at http://www.microsemi.com/salescontacts
If you purchased a VSC8531BB1G from an unauthorized distributor, you need to return the board to them for replacement or repair.