Banana Pi BPI-6202 industrial SBC features Allwinner A40i SoC, 24V DC input, RS485 interfaces

Banana Pi BPI-6202 “embedded single board computer” features the industrial-grade Allwinner A40i quad-core Cortex-A7 processor with industrial temperature range and long life cycle, 2GB DDR3, 8GB eMMC flash, M.2 SATA slot, and more.

That’s the second Allwinner A40i board from Banana Pi since the company launched the Banana Pi BPI-M2 Ultra SBC last year, but the new embedded SBC looks to be better suited for industrial applications with features such as dual Ethernet, an RS485 + RS232 terminal block, 24V DC input, and a -40 to +60°C operating temperature range.

Banana Pi BPI-6202

Banana Pi BPI-6202 specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner A40i quad-core Arm Cortex-A7 processor @ 1.20 GHz with Arm Mali-400MP2 GPU, 1080p60 H.264, MPEG-4, MPEG-1/2 video decoder, H.264 1080p45 video encoder
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash, microSD card slot, M.2 Key-B 2242 socket for SATA SSD
  • Video & audio output – HDMI 1.4 port up to 1080p60
  • Connectivity
    • 1x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port (RTL8211E transceiver)
    • 10/100M Ethernet RJ45 port (IP101GRI transceiver)
    • Wi-Fi 4 module with uFL antenna connector
    • Optional 4G/5G cellular via M.2 Key-B module + Nano SIM card slot
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, internal USB OTG port
  • Serial – 2x isolated RS485 interfaces and 1x isolated RS232 (SP3222E) interface via terminal block
  • Expansion – 20-pin GPIO header
  • HW Security
    • Software license authorization encryption chip (SMEC98SP)
    • Special encryption chip for (China) State Grid communication (SC1161Y)
  • Misc – RFD button; 3x LEDs, CR1220 battery socket for RTC
  • Power Supply – 24V DC via 3-pin connector; 24V/5V DC module (15W), AXP221s PMIC
  • Dimensions – 140 x 100 mm
  • Temperature Range – -40 to +60°C

Allwinner A40i-H embedded single board computer

Banana Pi BPI-6202 board bottom

The company says the BPI-6202 runs Ubuntu Mate but does not provide any download link at this time. They also seem to provide some specific software (hence the encryption chip for the software license) with a communication protocol library that supports over 300 protocols including MQTT, BACNET, OPC-UA, IEC 60870-5-101/103/104, CDT, SPABUS, MODBUS, etc… and as well PLC connection to Siemens/AB/Schneider/Mitsubishi hardware. The wiki does not make that very clear as all they really share is a Linux 5.4 BSP hosted on GitHub.

The company can also provide a complete industrial PC with the Allwinner A40i SBC housed in a metal enclosure that can also support DIN Rail mounting.

24V DC Arm embedded computerBanana Pi sells the BPI-6202 SBC for about $104 plus shipping on Aliexpress, but the enclosure is not offered even as an option…

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tkaiser
tkaiser
6 months ago

> all they really share is a Linux 5.4 BSP hosted on GitHub

… which according to a quick search (find bpi-cs6202 -name “*6202*”) contains zero support for their own product at this time. Seems like a stripped down and slightly updated generic Allwinner Tina Linux BSP though with an ‘updated’ u-boot-2019.07.

So everything as usual wrt software support over in Banana land…

Doesntmatter
Doesntmatter
6 months ago

100% banaware – from monkeys for monkeys

Radoslaw Grzegorczyk
Radoslaw Grzegorczyk
6 months ago

Sonovoip beling to foxconn. They interesting in apple not stupid arm rubbish

apritzel
apritzel
6 months ago

Well, the provided firmware/software might be the usual crap, but since the R40 is quite well supported mainline, and the peripherals seem to be pretty standard (DDR3, both PHYs, eMMC, PMIC), that should mostly work, just with the right DT. And the M.2 SATA looks neat, also nice to see that someone actually connects both MACs of the SoC (tkaiser, your favourite: no more brief bridging during bootup!) Just need to wait for the promised schematics to be released.

tkaiser
tkaiser
6 months ago

> tkaiser, your favourite: no more brief bridging during bootup!

Seriously: for whatever scenario this A40i board has been designed… who cares? Worst: it’s the Banana monkeys who still aren’t able to generate proper technical documentation.

Though everyone interested in quad Cortex-A7 ‘power’ gets it here. Everybody else moved forward to RK356x.

Most importantly: Those Banana clowns are now a ‘premium Armbian sponsor’. They pay Igor for the work you and the linux-sunxi community does.

Doesntmatter
Doesntmatter
6 months ago

Copy monkeys will be copy monkeys will be copy monkeys …

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