The new Banana Pi board is the Raspberry Pi CM alternative you've been waiting for

The new Banana Pi board is the Raspberry Pi CM alternative you've been waiting for

Banana Pi has recently announced BPI-R2 Pro, a new board that represents a more than valid alternative to Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 and which requires a carrier board to provide all the ports needed to connect other peripherals.

Photo Credit: Banana Pi The device is based on the Rockchip PK3588 8nm SoC, featuring four 2.6GHz ARM Cortex-A76 cores and four 1.8GHz Cortex-A55 cores in DynamicIQ configuration. As for the rest of the technical specifications, we find an ARM Mali-G610 MP4 Odin GPU, capable of supporting OpenGLES 1.1, 2.0 and 3.2, as well as OpenCL 2.2 and Vulkan 1.2. Its 2D graphics engine supports resolutions up to 8K and can handle up to four monitors. Regarding multimedia capabilities, the GPU offers 8K video encoding at 30fps with the H.265, VP9, ​​AVS2 and H.264 codecs.

if (jQuery ("# ​​crm_srl-th_hardware_d_mh2_1"). Is (" : visible ")) {console.log (" Edinet ADV adding zone: tag crm_srl-th_hardware_d_mh2_1 slot id: th_hardware_d_mh2 "); } Banana Pi BPI-R2 Pro can have up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage memory on eMMC. The form factor used resembles the one used by Raspberry Pi up to Compute Module 3, therefore similar to SODIMMs (unlike the more recent CM4) and can be conveniently installed on the carrier board. The latter allows you to have many ports available, making the device almost a real mini PC.

Photo Credit: Banana Pi In fact, we find three HDMI (presumably at least one in version 2.1 ), two Gigabit Ethernet, two SATA, three USB Type-A (two 2.0 and one 3.0), one USB Type-C, microSD slot, 3.5mm audio jack, ribbon connectors and what looks like a micro PCI 3.0 x4 slot . In short, everything you need to use Banana Pi BPI-R2 Pro for your daily needs.

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A couple of days ago, we also talked about a new kit developed by SiXFab which allows you to equip Raspberry Pi 4 with 5G connectivity through an expansion board and a small case to house everything. If you are interested, we advise you to read our previous dedicated article.

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