Banana Pi BPI-R1 board was launched in 2014 with 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports, SATA interfaces, and powered by Allwinner A20 board. SinoVoip is now about to launch an updated version – Banana Pi BPI-R2 – powered by Mediatek MT7623A quad-core Cortex A7 processor with 2GB RAM, 8GB flash, 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 2 SATA connectors, mPCIe, USB 3.0, and more.
- SoC – MediaTek MT7623A quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor @ up to 1.3 GHz with Mali 450 MP4 GPU
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3 SDRAM
- Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (option 16/32/64GB), up to 2x SATA interfaces, micro SD slot up to 256GB expansion
- Video Output / Display I/F – HDMI 1.4 up to 1920×1200, MIPI DSI connector
- Connectivity – 5x 10/100/1000 Mb Ethernet port (via MT7530), Bluetooth 4.1 & dual band 802.11b/g/n WiFi (MT6625L module)
- USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x micro USB 2.0 OTG port
- Expansion – Mini PCIe interface, 40-pin “somewhat Raspberry Pi 3 compatible” GPIO header with UART, I2C, SPI, PWM, I2S…
- Misc – Power, reset, u-boot, and 2x user buttons; LEDs; IR receiver; 5V fan header; debug UART pins
- Power Supply – 12/2A via power barrel; 6-pin mini JST header for battery + built-in 3.7V Lithium battery charging circuit
- Dimensions – 148 x 100.5 mm
The company claims the board can run Android 5.1, OpenWrt, Debian, Ubuntu Linux, Raspbian, and others operating systems. Some (limited) hardware information is available on the Wiki, but there’s nothing about software right now, apart from a few placeholder links.
[Update: Banana Pi BPI-R2 is now sold on Aliexpress for $89.50 + shipping]
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