Banana Pi BPI-S64 Core is a “Compute Module” based on Actions Semi S700 Processor

SinoVoIP has launched many development boards & SBCs under the Banana Pi brands, but so far they had not designed any system-on-modules (SoM).

Banana Pi BPI-S64 Core is their first SoM, which they refer to as “Compute Module” for the compulsory Raspberry Pi reference, and it’s not based on Allwinner or Realtek processors used in many of their recent boards, but instead an Actions Semi S700 quad core Cortex A53 processor.

Actions-Semi-S700-SoMBanana Pi BPI-S64 Core specifications:

  • SoC – Actions Semi S700 quad core Arm Cortex-A53 processor with Arm Mali-450MP4 GPU with OpenGL ES2.0/1.1, OpenVG 1.1, EGL 1.5 support
  • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash
  • Edge Connector – 204-pin SO-DIMM connector
  • Power Supply – PMIC on-board
  • Dimensions – 67.5 x 30 mm

The company also provides Banana pi BPI-S64 core kit for getting started with the module.

Banana-Pi-Actions-Semi-S700-Development-KitDevelopment kit preliminary specifications:

  • SODIMM slot for Banana BPI-S64 Core SoM
  • Storage – micro SD card slot
  • Video Output / Display I/F
    • HDMI output with HDCP 1.4, up to 1920×1200
  • Video – MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 decoding, H.264 encoding
  • Audio – Via HDMI, headphone jack, audio input/output via headers, built-in microphone
  • Camera – 1x DVP camera interface, 1x MIPI interface
  • Connectivity
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 (via AP6212)
    • SIM card slot for 4G modem
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 host, 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB 2.0 USB OTG port
  • Expansion
    • 26-pin header with GPIOs, UART, I2C, SPI, PWM, I2S…
    • mPCIe slot for 4G LTE USB modem
  • Misc – RTC battery interface, buttons (reset, power, ADC), RGB LEDs, IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 12V @ 2A via DC power
  • Weight – 150g

Actions-Semi-S700-Development-BoardI’m fairly confident some mistakes have found their way into the specifications above, as there are a bit all over the place in the Wiki, which for now provides only limited hardware information. There’s no word about software but Android and Linux should be supported. Banana Pi documentation and firmware support is usually poor for hobbyist, but for companies – which are the target of such modules – support *might* be better.

Banana Pi is also used to make early announcements for their product, and while they now have made the first samples, the actual product launch is likely 3 to 6 months away.

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