The BeagleBone Black packs an impressive amount of computing power into its diminutive frame, but things can heat up quickly when you’re running the CPU at full usage for prolonged periods. Whether you’re employing a BeagleBone to power a casual home build, or utilizing the single board device in a complex commercial application, knowing the temperature of the CPU can help you manage your applications and prevent unexpected shutdowns or interruptions.
In our latest Inspire tutorial we take you through the steps in accessing and displaying BeagleBone Black CPU temperature data. All it takes is a few simple lines of code and you’ll be able to keep tabs on how hot your beagle is getting and take the necessary steps to cool things down before any damage is done.
With the BeagleBone Black able to perform such a wide range of complex tasks, and capable of powering a growing number of commercial applications, it can be easy to forget that all of those impressive machines and intricate devices are built on some of the most basic electrical principals. Two recent additions to our BeagleBone resource site Inspire take a back-to-basics approach to exploring the functionality of some of the most common electrical components.
In our Intro to Basic Electrical Components, we explore the form and function of everything from simple current-limiting resistors to the versatile functionality of integrated circuits. Using easy to understand terminology and basic schematics we break down the various functions of each component and how it might be used to build virtually any electrical device you can dream up.
As a followup to our general overview, we take an in-depth look at the components included in our BeagleBone Black Prototyping Kit. From exploring the various uses for a simple push button switch, to explaining the applications of the included rotary potentiometer, we walk you through each included component to help you better understand the role each part plays, and get you thinking about the endless prototyping possibilities presented by the BeagleBone Black.