NanoPi M2 Review: Low Cost Raspberry Pi 3 Alternative

Nanopi m2 arm development board review
NanoPi M2 Arm Development Board Review

Product Summary

The NanoPi M2 is another Samsung 4418 based ARM board released by FriendlyARM after the NanoPi 2 and NanoPi 2 Fire. It is only two thirds the size of the Raspberry Pi. It is an open-source. It works with Ubuntu Core, Ubuntu Mate, Debian, Android 5.1 and etc.

Compared to the Raspberry Pi 2 the NanoPi M2 uses the Samsung Cortex-A9 S5P4418 Soc. It integrates Gbps Ethernet, AXP228 PMU which supports software power-on/off and wake up functions. It can be powered via the MicroUSB port

In such a small board it still integrates rich interfaces and ports. Besides the popular HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack, onboard microphone, four USB hosts, and Gbit Ethernet it has a Raspberry Pi compatible 40 pin GPIO pin header and various video interfaces such as a DVP camera interface, an LCD interface which supports I2C capacitive LCD and etc. In addition, for user’s convenience, it has a serial debug port for debugging and development.



NanoPi M2 Specif actions:

  • SoC: S5P4418, 400Mhz~1.4GHz
  • DDR3 RAM: 32bit 1GB DDR3
  • 1x Micro SD Slot
  • RTC: RTC Pins
  • Connectivity: Gbps Ethernet port(RTL8211E)
  • Audio: 3.5 mm audio jack/Via HDMI
  • Microphone: 1 x on-board Microphone
  • 2.54 mm pitch pin headers
  • Micro USB: 1 x USB 2.0 Client
  • HDMI: HDMI 1.4A, Type-A, 1080P60
  • Debug Serial Port: 4Pin 2.54 mm pitch pin header
  • User Key: 1 x Power , 1 x Reset
  • LED: 1 x Power LED, 1 x System LED
  • Power: DC 5V/2A
  • PCB Dimension(mm): 64 x 56, Six Layer
  • OS/Software: u-boot, Android 5.1, Debian Jessie 8
  • USB Host: 4 x USB 2.0 Host, two are standard Type-A ports and the other two are
  • LCD Interface: 0.5 mm pitch SMT FPC seat, for full-color LCD (RGB: 8-8-8)
  • DVP Camera Interface: 0.5 mm pitch FPC socket. It includes ITU-R BT 601/656 8-bit, I2C, and IO
  • PMU Power Management Unit: AXP228, support software power-off, sleep functions.
  • GPIO1: 2.54 mm pitch 40 pins, compatible with Raspberry Pi’s GPIO. It includes UART, SPI, I2C, PWM, IO, etc

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