The Banana Pi platform is an open source Single-Board Computer (SBC) based on the AllwinnerSystem-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 SDRAMGigabit Ethernet, but also includes Wireless b/g/n as well as several other enhancements.

Models

BPiBPi-Pro
SoCAllwinner A20
CPUARM Cortex-A7
Dual-core 1GHz
GPUARM Mali400MP2
RAM1GB
Storage
SD Slot1 x SD/MMC1 x MicroSD
SATA 2.01
Network
Ethernet802.3ab 1000BASE-T
Gigabit Ethernet
WirelessNone802.11b/g/n Wireless
150Mbit/s, 2.4GHz
Video
HDMIYes
CompositeRCA3.5mm TRRS jack
Audio
HDMIYes
Analog3.5mm audio jack3.5mm TRRS jack
MicrophoneYes
Interfaces
LVDS LCDYes
CameraYes
GPIO26-pin40-pin
USB 2.0 Host2
USB 2.0 OTG1 x MicroUSB
ButtonsReset
Power
U-Boot
LEDsPower
User defined 1
User defined 2
Power
Ethernet
User defined
OtherInfra-Red (IR) receiver
Power
Input5 Volts / 2 Amps
SourceMicroUSB (DC-In)
GPIO (Pin 2)
MicroUSB (DC-In)
MicroUSB (OTG)
GPIO (Pin 2)
PMUAXP209
Physical
Top
Bottom
Size92 mm x 60 mm92 mm x 60 mm
Weight48g45g

Availability

The Banana Pi and associated accessories, such as cases and cables, can be purchased from eBayAliExpressAmazon 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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