Banana Pi M4 / BPI-M4 - Raspberry Pi 3 Model B + Mini PC Based on RTD1395 and M.2 Slot

 

Banana Pi M4 / BPI-M4 - Raspberry Pi 3 Model B + Mini PC Based on RTD1395 and M.2 Slot



Banana Pi M4 / BPI-M4 is a single board computer in the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B form factor , the product is equipped with the Realtek RTD1395 SoC - this chip contains four ARM Cortex-A53 computing cores. The Mali-470 MP4 GPU accelerator is responsible for graphics processing, which supports the operation (playback) of videos in 4K resolution. The basic version of the novelty contains only 1 GB of DDR4 RAM, but there are modifications with 2 GB of RAM. The model has a built-in eMMC-drive with a capacity of 8 gigabytes, in addition, you can install a microSD card up to 256 GB.
Banana Pi M4 (BPI-M4) vs Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

Banana Pi M4 can work in Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n / ac and Bluetooth 4.2 wireless networks. In addition, an Ethernet controller is provided for wired network connectivity. The solution is endowed with an HDMI 2.0 interface, four USB 2.0 ports, a USB 2.0 Type-C port, a socket for a network cable, an M.2 Key E slot, a 40-pin extended I / O connector (GPIO with support for UART, SPI, I2C, etc.) .P.).

The Banana Pi M4 / BPI-M4 is powered by a 5V adapter via USB 2.0 Type-C, power pins or PoE. It is recommended to use a 2A power supply.

Banana Pi M4 PC is fully compatible with Linux operating systems. In particular, for this model, in addition to the documentation, assemblies of images of Android 8.1.0, Ubuntu 18.04, raspbian stretch and Arch Linux are already available for downloading and flashing.

Main characteristics

  • SoC Realtek RTD1395;
  • Processor 64-bit 4-core ARM Cortex-A53;
  • Graphic coprocessor Mali-470 MP4;
  • 1/2 GB DDR4 SDRAM.
  • M.2 Key E;
  • USB 2.0 TYPE C;
  • PoE support;
  • WI-FI and Bluetooth 4.2.

Available operating systems

Rasbian stretch
OS: Android 8.1.0 (kernel 4.9.119)
Download file: bpi-m4-Android8.1-resources-2019-06-25.zip
Rasbian stretch
OS: Ubuntu 18.04 mate desktop
Download file: 2019-06-18-ubuntu-18.04 -mate-desktop-preview-bpi-w2-m4-sd-emmc.img.zip
Rasbian stretch
OS: raspbian stretch
Download file: 2019-06-19-raspbian-stretch-preview-bpi-w2-m4-sd-emmc.img .zip
Rasbian stretch
OS: AArch Linux (AArch64) mate desktop
Download file: 2019-06-19-aarch64linux-mate-preview-bpi-w2-m4-sd-emmc.img.zip

Banana Pi M4 Specifications

Banana Pi M4 (BPI-M4) - Components (Hardware Interface)

System on a Chip (SoC)Realtek RTD1395
CPUARM Cortex-A53 Quad Core, 32 + 32 KB L1 cache per core and 512 KB L2 cache
GPUMali-470 MP4 GPU OpenGL ES 1.1 / 2.0 H.264 H.265, 2K / 4K
decoding: 4K2K H.265, Full HD MPEG1 / 2/4 / H.264 / H.264 MVC, AVC / VC-1, VP8, VP9, ​​AVS, AVS plus, HD JPEG, etc.
RAM1 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM (optional 2 GB)
ROM8GB eMMC flash (max 64GB)
micro SD card slot up to 256GB
Etdernet10/100 Mbps
Wi-Fi and BluetoothWi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n / AC + Bluetooth 4.2 (RTL8821) + antenna connector
Video outputHDMI 2.0b support 1080P H.264 H.265 2K / 4K
Audio out3.5mm audio jack, HDMI
USB4 x USB 2.0 host ports and 1 x USB 2.0 type C port (for power and data transfer)
PCI-EM.2 Key E Slot (Supports PCIe 2.0 and USB 2.0)
Periphery40 Pins Header, 28 × GPIOs, some of which can be used for specific functions including UART, I2C, SPI, PWM, I2S
Debugging3-pin debug UART header for console access
ButtonsReset Button, Power Button, Uboot and Settings, Boot Select Switch
IndicatorsStatus indicator and power indicator
Nutrition5V / 2A via USB type-C or PoE port using official Raspberry Pi 3 Model B + PoE HAT.
PoEPOE interface support, official PoE module from Raspberry Pi 3 Model B + can be added
Dimensions (edit)92 x 60 mm
Weight48 g
OSAndroid, Ubuntu, raspbian and Arch Linux

Banana Pi M4 pinout

ConclusionMain functionSecond function
CON1-P01VCC-3V3
CON1-P02DCIN
CON1-P03I2C1_SDAGPIO-17
CON1-P04DCIN
CON1-P05I2C1_SCLGPIO-16
CON1-P06GND
CON1-P07PWM1GPIO-21
CON1-P08UR1_TXGPIO-9
CON1-P09GND
CON1-P10UR1_RXGPIO-8
CON1-P11SDIO-D0GPIO-42
CON1-P12AIO_BCKGPIO-3
CON1-P13SDIO-D1GPIO-43
CON1-P14GND
CON1-P15SDIO-D2GPIO-44
CON1-P16UR1_RTSGPIO-11
CON1-P17VCC-3V3
CON1-P18UR1_CTSGPIO-10
CON1-P19GSPI-MOSIGPIO-31
CON1-P20GND
CON1-P21GSPI-MISOGPIO-18
CON1-P22GPIO-47GPIO-47
CON1-P23GSPI-SCKGPIO-19
CON1-P24GSPI-CSGPIO-20
CON1-P25GND
CON1-P26PWM2GPIO-22
CON1-P27SDIO-D3GPIO-45
CON1-P28PWM3GPIO-23
CON1-P29SDIO-CLKGPIO-41
CON1-P30GND
CON1-P31SDIO-CMDGPIO-40
CON1-P32SPDIFGPIO-50
CON1-P33AIO_CKGPIO-4
CON1-P34GND
CON1-P35AIO_LRCKGPIO-2
CON1-P36GPIO-53GPIO-53
CON1-P37GPIO-34GPIO-34
CON1-P38AI_SDGPIO-5
CON1-P39GND
CON1-P40AO_SDGPIO-6

Photo gallery Banana Pi M4

Banana Pi M4 (BPI-M4) - PoE
Banana Pi M4 (BPI-M4) - USB 2.0 Type C, HDMI, M2
Banana Pi M4 (BPI-M4) - Top View
Banana Pi M4 (BPI-M4) - Bottom View
Banana Pi M4 (BPI-M4) - GPIO
Banana Pi M4 (BPI-M4) - PCIE

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