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NanoPi2 is a Tiny Board with Samsung S5P4418 Processor, WiFi and Bluetooth Connectivity

FriendlyARM released NanoPi board this summer, a small and inexpensive development board based on Samsung S3C2451 ARM9 processor with both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The company has now unveils a more powerful, and slightly wider, version with NanoPi2 featuring Samsung S5P4418 quad core Cortex A9 processor with 1GB RAM, AP6212 wireless module, a new HDMI output, and the same connectors for I/Os and LCD displays.

NanoPi2NanoPi2 specifications:

  • SoC – Samsung S5P4418 quad core Cortex A9 processor @ up to 1.4GHz
  • System Memory – 1GB 32bit DDR3
  • Storage – 2 x Micro SD Slot
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth LE 4.0 via AP6212 module
  • Video Output / Display I/F- 1x HDMI 1.4a, 0.5 mm pitch SMT FPC seat for type-A full-color LCD (RGB: 8-8-8)
  • Camera – 24-pin DVP interface
  • USB – 1x USB Host port; 1x micro USB 2.0 OTG port for power and data
  • Expansions Headers – 40-pin Raspberry Pi compatible header with UART, I2C, SPI, GPIOs…
  • Debugging – 4-pin header for serial console
  • Misc – User and reset buttons, power and user LEDs, RTC battery header
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via micro USB port
  • Dimension: 75 x 40 mm (6-layer PCB)
  • Weight – 22 g

The board boots from a micro SD card (on the right below) with either Android 4.4.2 or Debian.

Samsung_S5P4418_Board

NanoPi2 Wiki describes the board, shows how to install the images, build U-boot, Linux 3.4.x and Android, and provides links to the schematics and mechanical files (PDF). The Debian Image Build System (DIBS) and other tools can also be found on ARMWorks github account.

Unfortunately, I could not find the datasheet for S5P4418 processor [Update: here’s S5P4418 user’s manual], but one Chinese company mentions it’s an upgraded version of Exynos 4412, and I’ve passed their comparison table through Google Translate.

 Function

Exynos 4412

S5P4418

   Advantage

I/O Voltage Levels

1.8V

3.3V

No level conversion needed

UART

4

6

Meets more requirements

MEMORY

4x dual channel DDR3

2-channel DDR3

Easier wiring and impedance control

USB HOST

Needs an external PHY

USB2.0 HOST

Eliminate the need for external chip

Display

RGB/MIPI

RGB/MIPI/LVDS

Supports LVDS directly without an external chip

I/O functions

Some I/Os support interrupts

All I/Os support interrutps

Networking

Requires DM9000, which costs more  (12RMB ~ $1.9)

Built-in Gigabit Ethernet, and you can use a 3RMB (~50 cents) chip to support 10/100/1000M Ethernet

Lower cost

NanoPi2 board sells for $32, and you can also purchase a kit with a 7″ resistive LCD for $65. Alternatively, 4.3″ and 7″ can be purchased separately for $25 and $35. Sadly shipping is monstrous, as I was asked for respectively $32 and $65 extra for shipping and handling for the board only and 7″ LCD kit with NanoPi2 board. Both match exactly the costs of the board and kit, so hopefully it’s a temporary mistake.

You can find more details and/or buy the board on NanoPi2 product page, as well as on Andahammer, where people from North America should be able to buy with lower shipping fees.

  1. davef
    October 30th, 2015 at 16:23 | #1

    I am having difficulty seeing where on their website that you can actually order these boards. You found prices somewhere.

    davef

  2. October 30th, 2015 at 16:39 | #2

    @davef
    The last two links have “add to cart” icons. You need to scroll down a bit on nanopi.io, but on andahammer it’s right at the top.

  3. Alex
    October 30th, 2015 at 17:44 | #3

    Don’t understand why they didn’t add a giga-ether port. I can pay that extra 50 cents.

  4. Fossxplorer
    October 30th, 2015 at 19:17 | #4

    Intereting, but shipping of $65 is a show stopper for sure! I tried to place an order and actually got $65 for shipping &handling. Ridiculous.

  5. October 30th, 2015 at 20:29 | #5

    @Fossxplorer

    I saw the same problem with big shipping price – use the second link friendly shipping price.

    The format is interesting.

  6. @lex
    October 30th, 2015 at 23:05 | #6

    A newbie question, what is the GPU used? Will you make a review (with camera)?

  7. Anis
    October 31st, 2015 at 00:58 | #7

    there is the wiki page with a lot of information
    http://wiki.friendlyarm.com/wiki/index.php/NanoPi_2

    i tested a cart with Andahammer it’s give cheap shipping fee $6.80 for USPS: First Class International to France

  8. @lex
    October 31st, 2015 at 01:29 | #8

    In the Wiki does not say anything about GPU, the datasheet says there is a 3D GPU controller, can i assume it is the GPU and it is SAMSUNG made?

  9. October 31st, 2015 at 02:14 | #9

    I’m not sure: Some products on aliexpress.com says: S5P4418 with GPU Mali-400 MP

  10. Anis
    October 31st, 2015 at 02:16 | #10

    according to this pages http://eagle-touch.com/Samsung-S5P4418-ARM-Development%20Board/
    it seems a Mali-400MP
    probably the same as the 4412 a Mali-400MP4

  11. October 31st, 2015 at 03:47 | #11

    @Anis
    Now we’re talking. Exquis.

  12. Fan
    November 1st, 2015 at 11:02 | #12

    but it didn’t include Gigabit Ethernet. what a pity

  13. November 1st, 2015 at 11:08 | #13

    @Fan
    @Alex
    For S5P4418 board with Gigabit Ethernet, there are other options, likely more expensive:
    ARMBest SBC-x4418 (with CORE4418 module) @ http://www.armbest.com/CORE4418_Feature.html#order
    Graperain G4418 @ http://www.graperain.com/product.asp?id=31

  14. FATechsupport
    November 2nd, 2015 at 08:01 | #14

    We can use CHINA POST to send out one board which is only about USD 7 but takes about two weeks to one month

  15. FATechsupport
  16. November 2nd, 2015 at 13:33 | #16

    @Anis
    Just read the S5P4418 user manual.
    It’s MALI400MP2.

  17. @lex
    November 2nd, 2015 at 19:14 | #17

    Steven Lin :
    @Anis
    Just read the S5P4418 user manual.
    It’s MALI400MP2.

    No, it just imply it is MALI GPU, unless you are reading another user manual (not the one on the wiki).
    MALI_AxPROT

    But, yes most likely a MALI400MP2.

  18. FransM
    November 2nd, 2015 at 21:41 | #18

    Just tested, for me S&H for the board was $ 7.00
    Interestingly they also added $ 0.32 sales tax. (I don’t live in the US)
    For the set with LCD the S&H is $ 15

  19. FATechsupport
  20. November 3rd, 2015 at 09:51 | #20

    @Anis
    S5P4418 User’s Manual, page 1453:
    The GPU consist of: Two Pixel Processors(PPs), A Geometry Processor.

  21. November 22nd, 2015 at 14:31 | #21
  22. hoangdinh86
    December 24th, 2015 at 08:42 | #22

    I have it but CPU is too hot 70-80 C and I must add a heat sink. Software Android 5.1.1 lacks Google Play services. Too bad

  23. Jon Smirl
    December 24th, 2015 at 11:46 | #23

    You can install Google Play Services on most any Android. It is not CPU specific. They just haven’t gone through the certification process to allow them to pre-install it.

    Random instructions:
    http://www.element14.com/community/community/designcenter/single-board-computers/riotboard/blog/2014/05/14/installing-google-play-services-and-google-play-store-on-riotboard

  24. December 24th, 2015 at 14:30 | #24

    @hoangdinh86
    @Jon Smirl
    And to follow up on that, they are actually not supposed to install the Play Store without Google permissions/certifications, but many do, except companies that follow the software agreement like Hardkernel or Wandboard.

  25. hoangdinh86
    December 26th, 2015 at 19:00 | #25

    @Jon Smirl
    Thank. I tried many times but not success (root and install GAPPS 5.1.1)

  26. December 26th, 2015 at 20:15 | #26

    @hoangdinh86
    It has to match your Android version. You can find Gapps for various version of Android @ https://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Google_Apps

  27. Johny Dang
    January 5th, 2016 at 17:07 | #27

    UT4418 is cheap and there are many peripherals in there.

  28. r00t
    January 20th, 2016 at 02:49 | #28

    @Fan
    nanopi fire

  29. January 22nd, 2016 at 14:01 | #29

    Some more details and a comparison table with Raspberry Pi 2, BeagleBone Black and Nanopi2 @ http://www.friendlyarm.net/products/nanopi2

  30. hoangdinh86
    January 22nd, 2016 at 14:41 | #30

    NanoPi 2 Fire replaces Wifi module with 1 Gigabit Lan. More detail http://wiki.friendlyarm.com/wiki/index.php/NanoPi_2_Fire

  31. Jon Smirl
    January 23rd, 2016 at 00:52 | #31

    Is I2S exposed on either of the NanoPi2 boards? I looked at the schematics and it doesn’t look like it, but they are not crystal clear.

  32. Martin
    July 19th, 2016 at 02:43 | #32

    Hi,
    is it possible to let windows 10 IoT run under this board?

    Thanks,
    Martin

  33. July 19th, 2016 at 09:06 | #33

    @Martin
    Sorry, it’s not possible.

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