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Black Swift — tiny wireless computer


Coin-sized, powerful, affordable, open source wireless computer running Linux — created for professionals and enthusiasts

Why Blackswift

Arduino is undeniably great, but for our demands it’s a bit underpowered — 8-bit AVR CPU is not capable of running complex tasks, not even regular web interface for your device. And if we are talking about IoT, we definitely need some web interfaces, and better with PHP, jQuery, bells, and whistles.

Raspberry Pi is powerful, affordable and easy — but every magic comes with a price: it’s a little too big to be considered as embedded computer we needed as engineers. Raspberry Pi Computer Module is much smaller, but a little unfriendly — you need to have some kind of motherboard with SODIMM connector just to power it.

Black Swift Board is a tiny — almost coin-sized — computer with 32-bit CPU, megabytes of memory, integrated 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, and other interfaces. It was created to become not only affordable and easy to use computing and communication core for modern connected devices, but also the great tool for anyone interested in electronics. We made it with both professionals as well as enthusiasts in mind. Black Swift is great as professional-grade embedded computing core in the Internet of Things era — and at the same time it is easy to learn and easy to use, allowing novices to gradually raise their experience.

Black Swift needs nothing but a 5 VDC microUSB power adapter to start — and at the same time it can be seamlessly integrated in professional electronics designs, bringing a lot of capabilities.

Black Swift runs OpenWRT Linux, and it can be programmed in a bunch of languages — from C/C++ to PHP, Python, Perl, and Bash scripting. There’s even Node.js port.

Black Swift is powerful and able to execute complex tasks, including databases and web servers with dynamic pages, it is well suited to control different preipheral devices — from buttons and LEDs to touchpads and all kinds of sensors. Even Arduino boards can be easily used as peripheral devices.

blackswift vs sodimm

Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Atheros AR9331 (32-bit MIPS 24K CPU core)
  • CPU frequency: 400 MHz nominal, 200 MHz energy-saving (software selectable)
  • ROM: 16 MB NOR flash
  • Connectors: 1×microUSB (power), 1×microUSB (USB 2.0), 1×PLLD-1.27-20 + 1×PLLD-1.27-30 (signal interfaces and power)
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n (1×1, up to 150 Mbps), PCB antenna
  • Standard interfaces: 1×USB 2.0, 26×GPIO, 2×Fast Ethernet, SPI, I²C, 1×16550 UART
  • GPIO: maximum load 24 mA, voltage level 3.3 V max (5V non-tolerant)
  • DC power: 5 V (with full USB support), 3.3 V (w/o USB power), 3.4…6 V (using onboard voltage regulator, w/o USB power)
  • Power consumption: 120 mA typical (400 MHz CPU frequency, Wi-Fi enabled), 60 mA in energy-saving mode (200 MHz, Wi-Fi disabled), 300 mA max
  • Integrated voltage regulators: 3.3 V (switching mode, 1 A max, at least 700 mA available for powering external devices), 2.75 V (linear LDO, 300 mA max)
  • Operating system: OpenWRT 14.07 Barrier Breaker
  • Dimensions: 25×35×4 mm (1×1.38×0.16 in)
  • Weight: 3 g
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