Linux based BPI D1 HD Camera Module Features Anyka AK3918 ARM9 Processor

SinoVoIP BPI-D1 is a tiny 720p30 camera module running Linux, and powered by Anyka AK3918 ARM9 processor. It’s a standalone module that can be powered by micro USB (5V), or an external Lithium battery, and it also includes various GPIOs, a micro USB interface, a micro SD slot to boot Linux, optional Wi-Fi connectivity, and more..

BPI-D1_Camera_ModuleBPI D1 specifications:

BPI D1 with Camera Lense
BPI D1 with Camera Lense
  • Processor – Anyka AK3918 ARM926EJ processor @ 400 MHz
  • System Memory –  64MB DDR2
  • Storage – 16 MB SPI Flash + micro SD flash up to 32GB.
  • Camera:
    • CMOS Image Sensor 720p @ 30fps, visible light with 940 nm two-way infrared lens filter, with infrared night vision function
    • Lens – M7*P0.35 EFL=3.0mm/F.NO=2.8/View Angle=60°
  • Video Recording –  H.264 / AVI hardware encoding at 720p 30fps for up to 120 hours of video data on a 32GB micro SD card
  • Audio Formats – MP3/WMA/AAC
  • Audio Input – Microphone
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n (AP or client mode) with Realtek RTL8188EUS WIFI module (D1 Pro version only)
  • USB – 1x micro USB OTG port, 1x micro USB port for power
  • Expansion
    • 14-pin header for GPIO, PWM, UART, I2C, SPI, audio in, and stereo audio out.
    • 8-pin header to add NRF24L01 2.4GHz RF module
  • Debugging – UART header for serial console
  • Misc – RTC, function key function and charging LED, night vision photo-resistance
  • Power Supply – Micro USB or external 3.7V Li-ion battery charged via AXP173 power management chip
  • Power Consumption – Recording: 200 mA @ 5V; WiFi On: 350mA @ 5V; 24-hour recording is achievable with a 10,000 mAH battery
  • Dimensions – 36x36mm
  • Weight – 10 grams

BPI-D1_Camera_Module_Without_CameraSinoVoIP also claims BPI-DI is an “open source” camera module, but the hardware is certainly closed, there’s no Linux kernel source on bananapi-dev github account (yet), and all they provide are the flash burning tool, and a 2MB firmware image. Luckily for us, hardware engineers often add their company name during board design, and you’ll notice a “Lamobo” marking on the botton right corner of the picture above. A quick Google Search will point to Lamodo company website, which mentions only their D1 camera module, as well as a Kickstarter campaign for the module, which was successful in terms of funding, but the goods have not been shipped yet, and the latest update (28/10/2014) is entitled “a letter of apology” (reserved to backers) which should mean delays or something worse. In any case, they also have a github account and lamobo-d1 repo with tools, Linux 3.4.15 and ip camera app source code, and the rootfs.

The Kickstarter video is still interesting, as it shows it’s light enough to be flown on a kite, and can control motors via PWM output, among other things.

SinoVoIP has not formally released the board yet and pricing information, but Lamobo D1 camera module went for $65 on Kickstarter including a 8GB micro SD card, a lens with 80-degree view angle, three USB cables for power, programming, and USB to serial, a USB type-A male connector, and an acrylic case for the board. D1 Pro version adding a Wi-Fi module went for $75. [Update: BPI-D1 can be purchased for $43 on Aliexpress]. If you are interested in making your own module with Anyka processor, you can visit Anyka AK39xx and HD IP camera solution pages.

Anyka AK3918 Block Diagram

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17 Replies to “Linux based BPI D1 HD Camera Module Features Anyka AK3918 ARM9 Processor”

  1. Heh…I’m looking at the Lamobo stuff- they don’t even have a Linux flashing solution (at least mentioned); you have to build the stuff on Linux and then use Win7 to flash the device. Fail.

  2. I have purchased this camera from oem sinovoip. I paid $35 usd for it. It does not have Wifi or AP as initial info stated. New version 2 documentation indicate that their is a night time IR LED module for it but where? LaMOBO video of Engineer initial setup and test show the wifi module…,its a special version that apparently is having issues leaving China or clearing customs. at the same time I received the BPi-R1 which did not include wifi antennas and the available Android image is in Chinese and crashes when you attempt to touch or press any onscreen icon in an attempt to find language option…there is a post as to this navigation

  3. Was intrigued and purchased one but it does not work at all. Was able to flash the new firmware but it does not record anything to the micro-sd card as documented. Given the lack of any video out, the only way to get any debugging going is to use the debug serial port on it but you need a special connecter for that.

  4. I also tried the BPI-D1 from Ali… and really have to say: It’s a trap.

    The module can use a WIFI module (or a WIFI USB dongle?) but wont have one. So this module standalone is just useless!

    Since I prefer a LAN than a WLAN Camera my next try will be a Raspberry with Camera Module:
    – camera of better quality
    – much better software and community support
    – no requirement to order from china
    – no more chinese web pages to read and ‘decode’

  5. Hi All,
    I have a problem with firmware, when I log in using serial terminal, there is a error “Cannot identify ‘/dev/video0’: 2, No such file or directory”. Is there anyone having the same issue? And If you can resolve this problem, Please share with me.
    Thanks in advance.

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