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Nov 14, 2023

Banana Pi BPI

Banana Pi BPI-W3 is another Rockchip RK3588 SBC (single board computer) with 8GB

Banana Pi BPI-W3 is another Rockchip RK3588 SBC (single board computer) with 8GB RAM, 32GB eMMC flash, an M.2 NVMe socket, 2.5GbE networking, two HDMI 2.1 output ports, one HDMI 2.0 input port, and other features.

We first recovered the board last summer, but at the time the RK3588 SBC came with a PCIe x4 slot and dual Gigabit Ethernet, and the company has now redesigned the board without either using instead a Rockchip RK3588 system-on-module as part of the design and implemented 2.5GbE and M.2 NVMe SSD support with the available PCIe interfaces.

Banana Pi BPI-W3 specifications:

Banana Pi provides an Android 12 image for the BPI-W3 SBC as well as Debian 12 and Ubuntu 22.04 images built with Armbian (no official support yet). You’ll find those along with the PDF schematics, datasheets, and a link to the Linux 5.10.110 BSP in the wiki.

The company sells the Banana Pi BPI-W3 SBC on Aliexpress for $162.10 plus shipping. It's priced quite higher than the more popular Orange Pi 5 and Radxa ROCK 5B SBCs, but it does offer extra features especially compared to the low-cost Orange Pi 5 LTS board. Whether that matters depends on your application. Banana Pi is probably seeing the board as a way to promote its BPI-RK3588 core module to B2B customers.

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