NanoPi M4 Review – A Powerful High End Raspberry Pi alternative

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NanoPi M4 | Product Introduction

The NanoPi M4 is a single board computer (SBC) based Rockchip RK3399 SoC. It features the same form factor as well as ports and interfaces that are compatible with Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ SBC. Measuring only 85 x 56 mm, making this compact board an ideal platform for rapid product prototyping, including a wide selection of industrial and commercial applications.

The NanoPi M4 has an onboard 2.4G & 5G dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth module, four USB3.0 TypeA host ports, one Gbps Ethernet port, one HDMI 2.0 Type A port, one 3.5mm audio jack and one Type-C port. In addition, it has an RPi compatible 40-pin connector
which populates dual MIPI-CSI camera interface, PCIe x2, USB2.0, eMMC socket, RTC port and etc.

The NanoPi M4 comes in two editions with different RAM configurations. 4GB RAM LPDDR3 and 2GB RAM DDR2. Both boards can be booted from either TF card or an external eMMC module (purchased separately). The NanoPi M4 supports Ubuntu Desktop 18.04 (64-bit), Lubuntu l6.04 (32-bit), Ubuntu Core 18.04 (64-bit), Android 7.1 and Lubuntu Desktop with GPU and VPU acceleration. With these rich resources and powerful performance, it can be used in a wide selection of applications, such as machine learning, AI, deep learning, robots, industrial control, industrial cameras, advertisement machines, game devices, blockchain and more depending on your imagination.

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NanoPi M4 | 2GB RAM Edition

NanoPi M4

NanoPi M4 | 4GB RAM Edition

NanoPi M4

Specifcations:

CPU SoC: Rockchip RK3399; CPU: big.LITTLE,Dual-Core Cortex-A72(up to 2.0GHz) + Quad-Core Cortex-A53(up to 1.5GHz)
GPU Mali-T864 GPU,supports OpenGL ES1.1/2.0/3.0/3.1, OpenVG1.1, OpenCL, DX11, and AFBC
VPU 4K VP9 and 4K 10bits H265/H264 60fps decoding, Dual VOP, etc
DDR3 RAM Dual-Channel 4GB LPDDR3-1866, or Dual-Channel 2GB DDR3-1866
Storage no Onboard eMMC, but has a eMMC socket
Network Native Gigabit Ethernet
USB Host USB 3.0: four USB 3.0 Type-A ports; USB Type-C: Supports USB2.0 OTG and Power input
WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo module, dual antenna interface
Audio input/output Port Audio Out: 3.5mm Dual channel headphone jack, or HDMI; Audio In: one microphone input interface
Debug Serial Port/UART0 one Debug UART, 4 Pin 2.54mm header, 3V level, 1500000bps
Video Input one or two 4-Lane MIPI-CSI, dual ISP, up to 13MPix/s,supports simultaneous input of dual camera data
Video output: HDMI: HDMI 2.0a, supports [email protected],HDCP 1.4/2.2; one 4-Lane MIPI-DSI
microSD Slot microSD Slot x 1
GPIO 40Pin GPIO Extension ports:3 X 3V/1.8V I2C, up to 1 x 3V UART, 1 X 3V SPI, 1 x SPDIF_TX, up to 8 x 3V GPIOs, 1 x 1.8V 8 channels I2S. 24Pin Extension ports:2 independent native USB 2.0 Host, PCIe x2, PWM x1, PowerKey
LED 1 x power LED and 1 x GPIO Controlled LED
RTC 2 Pin 1.27/1.25mm RTC battery input connector
PCB Dimension 8 Layer, 85 mm x 56 mm
Power DC 5V/3A
Working temperature 0℃ to 80℃
OS Support Android 7.1.2
Lubuntu 16.04 (32-bit)
FriendlyCore 18.04 (64-bit)
FriendlyDesktop 18.04 (64-bit)
Kernel version Linux-4.4-LTS
U-boot-2014.10

 

Note: This post will be updated to a full review once the Sample arrives.

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