Cape

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BeagleBone Black and Watterott display

For a long time I had been aiming to connect some small display to any of my small computers, specially the BeagleBone. Well, some weeks ago I finally succeeded to get one up an running. The display is the Watterott MI0283QT-9A (https://github.com/watterott/MI0283QT-Adapter). It is well-known by the Raspberry Pi and the Beaglebone communities. It has a reasonable quality-price ratio and is very easy to use.

BeagleBone Black Debian console in Watterott LCDBeagleBone Black Debian console in Watterott LCD

TESTCape. Understanding the Device Tree (PART I)


In our NULLCape tutorial (LINK) we explored the basics of BeagleBone cape development. Now it is time to go into the real stuff, and for that, we need to understand how the Device Tree infrastructure works. Here begins the development of the TESTCape and our journey into this black magic stuff!

NULLCape. How to Roll your own BeagleBone Capes (Part IV)

If you have been following this tutorial, you should have a fully functional NULLCape. Probably, you would also be thinking: "Yes, that's right, but this NULLCape is useless". And you are completely right... However, this can be easily improved with just some wires... Keep reading to know how.

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NULLCape. How to Roll your own BeagleBone Capes (Part III)


In part II (http://papermint-designs.com/community/node/338) I explored the contents of our cape EEPROM. This time I will show how I physically built the NULLCape...

NULLCape. How to Roll your own BeagleBone Capes (Part II)

In Part I (http://papermint-designs.com/community/node/331) we discussed how to attach an EEPROM to our cape. Now we will see how to fill the EEPROM with useful data.

GENERATING A VALID EEPROM

We've already seen how to write data in our EEPROM (see http://papermint-designs.com/community/node/331). Now, we need to know which data we have to write. That's easy, cape EEPROMs have to follow the format described in the System Reference Manual. Specifically in section 8.2.4 EEPROM Data Format.

NULLCape. How to Roll your own BeagleBone Capes (Part I)

We want to learn how to build BegleBone capes and in this series of post we will be writing about our findings and how we built the NULLCape. You are right, that is the very minimum cape which actually does nothing.

BUT..., WHAT IS A CAPE AFTER ALL?

Good question. Yes, sure you already now, but just in case you are really, really new to the BeagleBone or you've got yours as a present you had never ever hear of it.

A cape is just an expansion board for the BeagleBone. The BeagleBone provides two headers on its sides with lots of signals and interfaces, however you normally need something else to be able to attach your peripherals to this connectors. In the simpler case some wires and a platform to mechanically keep your peripheral and in the most complex case some support circuitry in order to do whatever you want to do.

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