Fifth gen Banana Pi (Banana Pi BPI-M5) is on the verge

Fifth gen Banana Pi (Banana Pi BPI-M5) is on the verge

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SinoVoip has listed specs for an upcoming Banana Pi BPI-M5 SBC with the same quad-core Cortex-A55 Amlogic S905X3 SoC. It is repeating many of the features from Hardkernel’s $50 Odroid-C4. This new SBC is the next-gen for the company’s most recent Banana Pi BPI-M4, based on a quad A53 Realtek RTD1395.

The 12nm fabricated Amlogic S905X3 is equipped with 4x, up to 2GHz Cortex-A55 cores, and a Mali-G31 GPU. As mentioned earlier, this board is similar to the Odroid-C4, is an open-spec, Raspberry Pi style board. It comes with 40-pin GPIO, 4GB LPDDR4, and support for Android and Linux. Other common features include 4x USB 3.0 host ports, a MicroSD slot, a GbE port, an HDMI 2.0 port with 4K@60Hz support.

Other misc I/O ports are listed as audio jack, IR, serial debug, and a USB Type-C port for 5V power. With the dimension of 92 x 60 mm we can conclude that this SBC is a bit larger than the Odroid-C4 or even Raspberry Pi. It is unfortunate to see that BPI-M5 lacks the support for the M.2 slot. PoE, and built-in WiFi/Bluetooth whereas the previous generation, BPI-M4 include them.

Banana Pi BPI-M5

Hardware spec for the Banana Pi BPI-M5 :

  • Processor: Amlogic S905X3 (4x Cortex-A55 @ up to 2GHz)
  • GPU: Mali-G31 GPU @ up to 650MHz
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • Storage : 16GB eMMC with optional up to 64GB, MicroSD Slot
  • Networking: 10/100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet
  • Media I/O: HDMI 2.0 port for up to 4K@60Hz with HDR, CEC, EDID, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Other I/O: 4x USB 3.0 host ports, USB Type-C port for power, Serial debug header, 40-pin GPIO header (UART, I2C, SPI or PWM, 5V, 3.3V, GND, 28x GPIO)
  • Power: 5V DC via Type-C; power, reset, and boot switches
  • Dimensions & Weight : 92x60mm, 48g
  • OS Support: Android, Linux

The company says it will provide Android and Linux images with source code. We’ll have to keep an eye on pricing once the board comes out. Further information can be obtained from the company’s wiki page.

Myself Rik and I am founder of Riktronics. I study Electronics and Communication Engineering in IIE. My hobby is playing with electronics and making various projects, mainly about embedded systems. Love to do coding, and making tutorials about electronics/programming. Contact me in any need at abhra0897@gmail.com My blog : riktronics.wordpress.com

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