Introduction to the Banana Pi Platform

The Banana Pi platform is an open source Single-Board Computer (SBC) based on the Allwinner System-on-a-Chip (SoC) architecture, which is capable of running Android, Lubuntu, Debian, Bananian or even Raspbian. The GPIO expansion interface is pin compatible with the Raspberry Pi.

The first generation of the Banana Pi boards use the Allwinner A20 (sun 7i) SoC which features the ARM Cortex-A7 Dual-core 1GHz CPU and ARM Mali400MP2 GPU, and includes 1GB of shared DDR3 SDRAM, and Gigabit Ethernet.

The second generation of the Banana Pi boards, known as the Banana Pro, also use the same Allwinner A20 (sun 7i) SoC with ARM Cortex-A7 Dual-core 1GHz CPU and ARM Mali400MP2 GPU, 1GB of shared DDR3 SDRAM, Gigabit Ethernet, but also includes Wireless b/g/n as well as several other enhancements.

Models

  BPi BPi-Pro
SoC Allwinner A20
CPU ARM Cortex-A7
Dual-core 1GHz
GPU ARM Mali400MP2
RAM 1GB
Storage
SD Slot 1 x SD/MMC 1 x MicroSD
SATA 2.0 1
Network
Ethernet 802.3ab 1000BASE-T
Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless None 802.11b/g/n Wireless
150Mbit/s, 2.4GHz
Video
HDMI Yes
Composite RCA 3.5mm TRRS jack
Audio
HDMI Yes
Analog 3.5mm audio jack 3.5mm TRRS jack
Microphone Yes
Interfaces
LVDS LCD Yes
Camera Yes
GPIO 26-pin 40-pin
USB 2.0 Host 2
USB 2.0 OTG 1 x MicroUSB
Buttons Reset
Power
U-Boot
LEDs Power
User defined 1
User defined 2
Power
Ethernet
User defined
Other Infra-Red (IR) receiver
Power
Input 5 Volts / 2 Amps
Source MicroUSB (DC-In)
GPIO (Pin 2)
MicroUSB (DC-In)
MicroUSB (OTG)
GPIO (Pin 2)
PMU AXP209
Physical
Top bpi_top bpi-pro_top
Bottom bpi_bot bpi-pro_bot
Size 92 mm x 60 mm 92 mm x 60 mm
Weight 48g 45g

Availability

The Banana Pi and associated accessories, such as cases and cables, can be purchased from eBay, AliExpress, Amazon and Newegg. In Australia, I would recommend purchasing from GPIO.

www.lowefamily.com.au/bpi

Banana Pi is a trademark of Shenzhen LeMaker Technology Co.,Ltd. Raspberry Pi is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

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