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Fifth Gen Banana Pi Goes Amlogic

Written by Eric Brown

SinoVoip has posted specs for an upcoming, yet to be priced Banana Pi BPI-M5 SBC with the same Amlogic S905X3 SoC and many of the same features as Hardkernel’s $50 Odroid-C4. The SBC updates the company’s flagship Banana Pi designs, including the most recent Banana Pi BPI-M4 based on a quad -A53 Realtek RTD1395. The most recent Banana Pi was this April’s BPI-F2P built around a quad -A7 SunPlus SP7021.

The 12nm fabricated Amlogic S905X3 is equipped with 4x, up to 2GHz Cortex-A55 cores and a Mali-G31 GPU. Other Amlogic-based boards include the
$50 Khadas Vim3L with a similarly quad-core, Cortex-A55 based Amlogic S905D3 and the higher-end Odroid-N2-Plus with a hexa-core Amlogic S922X. There is also the Khadas Vim3 with hexa-core Amlogic A311D.

Banana Pi BPI-M5 and detail views
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Like the Odroid-C4, the Banana Pi BPI-M5 is an open-spec, Raspberry Pi style board with 40-pin GPIO, 4GB LPDDR4, and support for Android and Linux. Other common features include a microSD slot, a GbE port, an HDMI 2.0 port with 4K@60Hz support, and 4x USB 3.0 host ports.

While the Odroid-C4 has an empty eMMC socket, the BPI-M5 ships with 16GB of soldered eMMC, with support for up to 64GB. As noted by the CNXSoft report that spotted the BPI-M5 wiki, the LPDDR4 RAM is single-channel, which would likely offer lower memory bandwidth than the Odroid-C4.

Banana Pi BPI-M5 (top) and Odroid-C4
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Other features include an audio jack, IR, serial debug, and a USB Type-C port for 5V power. The 92 x 60mm SBC is a bit larger than the Odroid-C4 or Raspberry Pi. The BPI-M5 lacks a few features of the BPI-M4 including its M.2 slot. PoE, and built in WiFi/Bluetooth.

Preliminary specifications listed for the Banana Pi BPI-M5 include:

  • Processor — Amlogic S905X3 (4x Cortex-A55 @ up to 2GHz); 12nm fab; Mali-G31 GPU @ up to 650MHz
  • Memory/storage:
    • 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
    • 16GB eMMC with optional up to 64GB
    • MicroSD slot
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 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)
  • Other features — IR receiver; 2x LEDs
  • Power — 5V DC via Type-C; power, reset, and boot switches
  • Dimensions — 92 x 60mm
  • Weight — 48 g
  • Operating system — Android, Linux

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the Banana Pi BPI-M5. More information may be found on Sinovoip’s wiki.

This article originally appeared on on September 14, 2020.


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Fifth Gen Banana Pi Goes Amlogic

by Eric Brown time to read: 2 min