Banana Pi BPI-W3 SBC features Rockchip RK3588 SoM, M.2 NVMe socket, 2.5GbE, HDMI output and input

Banana Pi BPI-W3 is another Rockchip RK3588 SBC (single board computer) with 8GB RAM, 32GB eMMC flash, an M.2 NVMe socket, 2.5GbE networking, two HDMI 2.1 output ports, one HDMI 2.0 input port, and other features.

We first recovered the board last summer, but at the time the RK3588 SBC came with a PCIe x4 slot and dual Gigabit Ethernet, and the company has now redesigned the board without either using instead a Rockchip RK3588 system-on-module as part of the design and implemented 2.5GbE and M.2 NVMe SSD support with the available PCIe interfaces.

Banana Pi BPI-W3

Banana Pi BPI-W3 specifications:

  • SoM – BPI-RK3588 core board
    • SoC- Rockchip RK3588 octa-core processor with 4x Cortex-A76 cores @ up to 2.4 GHz, 4x Cortex-A55 cores @ 1.8 GHz, an Arm Mali G610MC4 GPU, a 6 TOPS NPU, 8Kp60 H.265/VP9/AVS2 10-bit decoder, 8Kp30 H.265/H.264 encoder
    • System Memory – 8GB LPDDR4 (options for 4GB to 32GB)
    • Storage – 32GB eMMC flash (options for 16GB to 256GB)
  • Storage – M.2 NVMe 2260/2280 SSD socket, MicroSD card slot
  • Video
    • Output
      • 2x HDMI 2.1 ports one up to 8Kp60, the other up to 4Kp60
      • 1x MIPI DSI connector up to 4Kp60
      • 1x DisplayPort 1.4 up to 8Kp30 (that would be via USB-C port)
    • Input
      • 1x HDMI 2.0 input port up to 4Kp60
      • 1x MIPI CSI connector configurable as 4-lane or 2x 2-lane
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack (ES8316), digital audio via HDMI or DisplayPort
  • Networking
    • 2.5GbE RJ45 port via RTL8125 controller
    • Optional WiFi and Bluetooth via M.2 socket, for example, AP6256 or AX210 module
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB Type-C port for power, data, and video
  • Expansion
    • 40-pin GPIO header with up to 28x GPIOs, UART, I2C, SPI, PWM, I2S
    • M.2 Key-M socket with PCIe 3.0 x4 (typically used with an NVMe SSD)
    • M.2 Key-E socket with PCIe 2.1 and USB (typically used with a wireless module)
  • Misc
    • Power, MaskROM, Reset, and Recovery buttons
    • RTC + battery
    • 4-pin fan connector
    • RGB LED
    • 3-pin debug header
  • Power Supply
    • 12V/2.5A via DC jack
    • USB PD (9V/2A, 12V/2A, 15V/2A) via USB-C port
    • 12V PoE support
  • Dimensions – 148 x 100.5 mm
  • Temperature Range – -10°C to +70°C

Rockchip RK3588 SBC with M.2 NVMe SSD

Banana Pi provides an Android 12 image for the BPI-W3 SBC as well as Debian 12 and Ubuntu 22.04 images built with Armbian (no official support yet). You’ll find those along with the PDF schematics, datasheets, and a link to the Linux 5.10.110 BSP in the wiki.

The company sells the Banana Pi BPI-W3 SBC on Aliexpress for $162.10 plus shipping. It’s priced quite higher than the more popular Orange Pi 5 and Radxa ROCK 5B SBCs, but it does offer extra features especially compared to the low-cost Orange Pi 5 LTS board. Whether that matters depends on your application. Banana Pi is probably seeing the board as a way to promote its BPI-RK3588 core module to B2B customers.

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7 Replies to “Banana Pi BPI-W3 SBC features Rockchip RK3588 SoM, M.2 NVMe socket, 2.5GbE, HDMI output and input”

  1. > 2.5GbE RJ45 port via RTL8125 PHY

    The RTL8125 is not just a PHY but a PCIe attached network controller (NIC).

    And of course it’s not a RTL8125 but RTL8125B or even RTL8125BG. Great to see that SinoVoip still avoids to hire a technical writer and let their copy&paste monkey vomit chars and numbers into their wiki.

  2. Kind of annoying that after so many many months they’ve finally produced the board, BUT have reduced its unique selling points. Original spec was one of the few (only?) boards with the full cream 3588 and direct access to the 4 pci lanes. That opened it up to home brew NAS and other uses.

    Now it’s a run of the mill M2 SSD platform. I guess you could piggy back using an M2 to PCIe adapter as its kept 4 lanes open. Or maybe not.

  3. Even as dev boards go this thing is raw. Plop down a SoM and wire things to ports and just ship it.

    This looks more like a EVM for the SoM than an actual *product*.

    1. The ROCK 5B with 8GB RAM, no eMMC flash costs $149, so the price does not seem overly expensive based on the features set.

  4. Can somebody explain to me, is this HDMI 4k60fps be used as a V4L2 capture device ? Did anybody try this ? Does the drivers under linux mature enough for it ?

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