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Banana Pi board equipped with Quad-core Rockchip RK3308B-S

Aug 27, 2023 — by Giorgio Mendoza 1,075 views

The Banana Pi BPI-P2 Pro is a compact device built around a quad-core Rockchip RK3308 clocked at 1.3 GHz. The low-cost device offers Wi-Fi/BT, and ethernet connectivity in addition to multiple audio interfaces.   

The Banana Pi-P2 Pro is a bit larger than the Orange Pi Zero 3 covered in July and it features an RK3308 SoC instead of the Allwinner H618 seen on the Pi Zero 3.

  • RK3308Quad-core Arm Cortex-A35 (up to 1.2GHz); 512MB DDR3

Banana Pi BPI-P2 Pro peripherals
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The BPI-P2 PRO comes in a single configuration with 512MB of RAM and a 8GB eMMC storage. The bottom side of the board also includes a MicroSD card slot for expandable storage of up to 64GB.

For connectivity, the BPI-P2 PRO features the Ampak AP6256 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth module, in addition to a 100M LAN ethernet port with PoE support (BPI-9600 PoE module required).

Banana Pi BPI-P2 Pro pinout
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This Banana Pi device doesn’t have a dedicated GPU, but it includes diverse audio interfaces including a built-in audio Codec, 1x I2S, 8x ADC, 2x DAC, 1x 3.5mm audio jack and various MIC pins via the 40-pin expansion header. The company suggests that this device can be used for speech-recognition or IoT applications.

The 40-pin expansion header provides support for GPIOs, I2S, MIC, Line-in, Line-out and ADC. Similarly, the 12-pin header offers support for GPIOs, UART, I2C, SPI, PWM and JTAG. 

Banana Pi BPI-P2 Pro
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The Banana Pi wiki provides instructions to get started with this board in addition to Buildroot and Debian images.

Specifications listed for the Banana Pi BPI-P2 Pro include:

  • Memory/Storage:
    • Up to 512MB DDR3
    • Up to 8GB eMMC
    • 1x MicroSD card slot
  • Display/Audio:
    • 8x MIC
    • 1x PDM/I2S
    • 2x Line out
    • 1x SPDIF out
    • 1x headphone jack
  • Connectivity:
    • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + BT5.0 (AP6256)
  • I/O Interfaces:
    • 40x pin GPIO expansion header
    • 12x pin GPIO header
    • 1x Reset key
    • 1x Recovery key
  • USB:
    • 1x USB 2.0
    • 1x USB Type-C
  • Other Features:
    • 1x Status LED
  • Power:
    • 5V/2A (via Type-C) or PoE (36V to 57V input)
  • Mechanical:
    • 65 x 52.5mm
    • 30g

Further information

The Banana Pi BPI-P2 PRO with 512 MB DDR3 memory and 8GB eMMC is priced at $31.58 on AliExpress. It also seems that the order includes the PoE module.

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