bc10 is an Open Source Gadget, which is equipped with Texas Instruments, Inc's OMAP 3530. As bc10 is a clone of
BeagleBoard, it is capable of running the Android 2.2_1.1 (Froyo) and Angstrom (OpenEmbedded Linux) and other
Linux OSes. A 6-axis motion sensor and a 20ch GPS receiver are installed on Main Board of bc10, and 5-megapixel
camera module is a standard equipment. Moreover, at both edges of Main Board, bc10 has slots for expansion board,
so users can design own expansion board for needs. Thus, the applications of bc10 are very wide and flexible.

For the specifications of bc10, please visit bc10/Hardware.

Before start working on bc10, please read the sections below, and register to the mailing list.

What is in the Box (Caution: this is for the owner of bc10)

These 4 items are in the box. Please check before start working on bc10.

1Main Boardx1
24.3" wide AMOLEDx1
3CMOS Camera Modulex1
4Extension Board (including power cable¹)x1

¹ The power cable is used for connecting between power supply connectors of Main Board and extension board.

  • SD card, AC adaptor, serial cable, JTAG cable are not included. Please use or modify available commercial products.
    Users may make these cables.
  • bc10 can be currently booted form SD card. The microSD card drive is not used for booting by design. The information
    of booting from NAND Flash will be published the near future.

Register to Mailing List

Since all questions about bc10 are handled at its mailing list, “bc9-dev,” users are highly recommended to register to the mailing list.
To share the technical information with other users, question-answer sessions are basically open to the public. As users submit questions,
the engineers at BeatCraft respond to the questions. Since “bc9-dev” uses Google group, Google account is required. To join the mailing
list, it requires the approval from the group owner.

How to Install OS

On bc10, OS is booted from SD card. There are two ways to obtain a boot image of an OS. Follow the instructions described
in BC::labs, download the source of the OS, and build it. Then place the files in a SD card. The other way is to download a prebuild
image of an OS, and place it to a SD card.

Matters That Require Attention

  • On the included expansion board, a short cable is attached to the power supply connector. If the cable is damaged, it may cause
    some issues. Please be careful when the cable is connected to the power supply connector.
  • Power supply of Main Board is from USB mini B connector of the expansion board. bc10 requires a 1A or greater AC adaptor,
    which provides 5V, and it comes with a USB mini B plug. As applying a buttery, SANYO eneloop mobile booster (KBC-L2S)
    works fine with bc10.
  • SD card is not included, and SD cards are provided by users. To learn how to install an OS on own SD card, please read the section
    of “How to Install OS” or refer to corresponding sections of BC::labs.
  • bc10 is generally booted from the SD card drive. The microSD card drive is not designed for booting.
  • Other frequently asked questions are listed on bc10/FAQ.


If there are farther questions, please submit the questions to the mailing list “bc9-dev."(Registration is required.)

Revision History

  • 2010/10/08 The article is initially uploaded.

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