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Banana Pi Reveals Raspberry Pi Alternative BPI-M6 SBC

banana pie clarified (opens in new tab) The next-generation board, known as the BPI-M6, will follow the same design trends as the Raspberry Pi. (opens in new tab) It features an NPU alongside a quad-core CPU, M.2 socket and HDMI input.

It may look like just another little blue SBC, but there’s a lot going on here. The BPI-M6 adds a CPU consisting of four 64-bit Cortex-A73 cores running at 2.1 GHz and a Cortex M3 core, a 32-bit processor commonly found in microcontrollers. (opens in new tab), IoT devices, and as a motion coprocessor for Apple M9 devices such as the iPhone 6S. Given the amazing amount of work you can get out of the Raspberry Pi 4, (opens in new tab)With a 1.5GHz Cortex A-72 core, this faster and more capable CPU should be a nice upgrade, although it may need some cooling.

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The Imagination GE9920 is Banana Pi’s GPU of choice for this board, with a CPU and a 6.75 TOPS NPU bundled in a package known as the VideoSmart VS680. There is also 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 16GB of eMMC Flash (up to 64GB available), a Micro SD slot, and an M.2 socket at the rear end of the board that can hold a Key E device. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth cards – Useful for lack of onboard wireless capabilities. Video output is up to 4K60 and can display a 4K screen via the micro-HDMI port or a 1080p screen connected via MIPI DSI.

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