NanoPi

Market of small and micro computers for fun or embedded industrial use is continuously growing and putting on strength. Almost every big or small player would like to recreate success of Raspberry Pi so it is no surprise that the number or devices and supporting programs is growing. One of the latest kids in the gang is NanoPi made by FriendlyARM company. One of he biggest adventages of its two microcomputers (NanoPi and NanoPi2) is backward compactibility of GPIO pin set with Raspberry Pi Model B. It means 40 pin version. It also includes UART,SPI,I2C support. PCB is also half width of its template and carrying one more GPIO 12 pin set (NanoPi only). Dimensions of both versions are really small 75 x 30 mm and specifications of NanoPi2 are really impressive.

NanoPi top side NanoPi bottom side

  • CPU: Samsung S3C2451, 400Mhz
  • RAM: 64MB DDR2
  • Storage: 1 x Micro SD Slot
  • integrated SDIO WiFi and Bluetooth
  • HDMI: 1 x HDMI 1.4A, Type-A
  • LCD: 0.5 mm spacing FPC socket, full color LCD (RGB:8-8-8)
  • Camera: 0.5mm spacing FPC DVP interface including ITU-R BT 601/656
  • GPIO1: 40 pin GPIO pin connector, compactible with Raspberry Pi GPIO
  • GPIO2: 12pin (2.54mm spacing) I2S, I2C, UART
  • Serial interface
  • USB: 1 x USB 2.0 host Type A, 1 x Micro USB for power and data transmission. It can be configured as a serial port or Ethernet
  • OS: Linux 4.1 a Debian
  • Bootloader: u-boot
  • PCB: six layers
  • Dimensions: 75 x 40 mm
  • Weight: 22 g

NanoPi2 bottom sideNanoPi2 top side

  • SoC: Samsung S5P 4418 Quad Core Cortex-A9, 1.4G Hz
  • RAM: 1GB 32bit DDR3 RAM
  • Storage: 2 x Micro SD Slot
  • AP6212 Wireless a Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n, AP mód, BLE 4.0, HS mode
  • HDMI: 1 x HDMI 1.4A, Type-A
  • LCD: 0.5 mm spacing 45 pin rozhranie
  • Camera: 0.5mm spacing 24 pin DVP rozhranie
  • GPIO: 40 pin GPIO pin connector, compactible with Raspberry Pi GPIO
  • Serial interface
  • USB: 1 x USB 2.0 host Typ A, 1 x Micro USB for power and data transmission.
  • OS: Android and Debian
  • PCB: six layers
  • Dimensions: 75 x 40 mm
  • Weight: 22 g
 

One more big plus is that NanoPi in both iterations is Open Source project so boot loader, kernel and file system are totally free and open for developers.
There also is a micro switch on PCB serving as a reset button. NanoPi2 is equipped with one more micro switch but company is not providing any information about its function. But with no doubt it would be nice to have power on/off.

And it is also very good deal with price tag of 32USD for NanoPi2 and 16USD for NanoPi. The only dropdowns I found are amout of supported OSs and fact that NanoPi is carrying only one full size USB2 connector and no RJ45 Ethernet connector. But it also could be an advantage if you plane to use NanoPi as a heart of your IoT or drone project or so.

 

Source: Nanopi.io