Banana Pi BPI-M5 Amlogic S905X3 SBC in the Works

Banana Pi BPI-M5 is an upcoming Amlogic S905X3 SBC following the Raspberry Pi form factor, and that is pretty similar to Hardkernel ODROID-C4 launched earlier this year with the same quad-core Cortex-A55 processor.

BPI-M5 will come with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 16GB eMMC flash, and offers four USB 3.0 ports, one Gigabit Ethernet port, and on HDMI 2.1 output port for 4K/8K video output.

Banana Pi BPI-M5 preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905X3 quad-core Cortex-A55 processor @ up to 2.0 GHz with
    Mali-G31 MP2 GPU @ 650Mhz
  • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash (option up to 64GB), MicroSD slot up to 2TB
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.1 up to 4Kp60 with HDR, CEC, EDID
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, digital HDMI audio
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – 4x USB 3.0 ports via VL817 hub controller, 1x USB-C port (for power only?)
  • Expansion – 40-pin Raspberry Pi header with 28x GPIO, UART, I2C, SPI, PWM, and power signal (+5V, +3.3V, GND).
  • Debugging – 3-pin debug header
  • Misc – Reset, Power, and U-boot button; power and activity LED’s; IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 5V @3A via USB Type-C port
  • Dimensions – 92x60mm (Not the same as Raspberry Pi PCB size, but they probably included the connectors during measurement)
  • Weight – 48grams

The only real difference with ODROID-C4 is that the eMMC flash is soldered on-board instead of being offered as a module. There’s also a single LPDDR4 chip on the board meaning single-channel memory, and very likely lower memory bandwidth than the dual-channel configuration used on the Hardkernel board.

The company says it will provide Android and Linux images, as well as source code. We’ll have to see pricing once the board comes out, but Banana Pi BPI-M5 will likely be a tough sell against ODROID-C4 since Hardkernel’s software support and community have so far been much better then what Banana Pi has to offer. Another alternative is Khadas VIM3L development board powered by a similar Amlogic S905D3 SoC.

The company should eventually provide more details in the Wiki.

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