It has become a lot easier to get hold of prototyping boards in South Africa than in previous years, but while Raspberry Pi’s are easy to get hold of, sadly there are still import taxes and shipping costs to be taken into consideration. These factors push the price up considerably.
Arrow Altech Distributions have created new options for makers by producing the locally made Cherry Blossom, which is a clone of the BeagleBone Black. This home-grown alternative is available for a much more affordable price. “The locally designed, produced and supported Cherry Blossom eliminates most supply and support issues that currently exist on BBB today,” says George Cerff, Field Application Engineer at Arrow Altech Distribution, “It also enables the developer to quickly and effectively use the processing power of a high-end processor without the hardware complexity normally associated with this type of design.”
This means that you have access to the existing resources that have been created to work with the BeagleBone. You will also find full integration with the software, which will allow access to other compatible software such as Android and Ubuntu and you have a choice of three processors:
AM3352 – 600MHz
AM3358 – 800MHz
AM3358 – 1GHz.