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Banana Pi BPI-PicoW-S3 launched for $5.50

Sep 23, 2022 — by Giorgio Mendoza 980 views

SinoVoip Co. launched today a new IoT board based on the ESP-S3 SoC. The BPI-Pico W-S3 is enabled with a 240MHz processor, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 5.0, ultra low-power mode and up to 27 GPIOs. 

As in the recently released BPI-Leaf-S3, the BPI-PicoW-S3 features the Xtensa 32-bit LX7 dual-core processor with clock frequency up to 240MHz. The board also  includes 2MB of onboard Flash ROM besides the on-chip memory in addition to 5 DMA channels. 

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BPI-Pico W-S3 front (left) and (back)
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The BPI-PicoW-S3 offers up to 27 GPIOs compared to the BPI-Leaf-S3 which offers up to 36 GPIOs. Some of the protocol interfaces supported by this device include up to 4x SPI, 2x I2C, 2x I2S, 4x RMT and 3x UART. 


BPI-Pico W-S3 pinout 
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This new Banana Pi board also provides up to 27x PWM pins, 2x MCPWM, 14x capacitive touch sensor pins and 2x 2-bit SAR ADC supporting 18 analog inputs. 

The table below compares the new BPI-Pico W-S3 with other similar boards including the Raspberry Pi Pico W.


Comparison Table (left) and BPI-Pico W-S3 board (right)
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Specifications listed for the Banana Pi BPI-Pico W-S3 include:

  • Processor System:
    • ESP32-S3, Xtensa 32-bit LX7 dual core (up to 240MHz)
  • Memory/Storage:
    • 384KB ROM (on-chip)
    • 320KB RAM (on-chip)
    • 2MB flash ROM (onboard)
    • 8MB PSRAM (onboard)
  • Camera/Display:
    • supports 8-bit to 16-bit DVP image sensor interface
    • supports 8-bit to 16-bit parallel RGB
  • Connectivity:
    • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi (40MHz bandwidth)
    • BLE 5.0, Bluetooth mesh
  • USB:
    • 1x Micro USB
  • I/O Peripherals:
    • 27x GPIOs (3.3V)
      • 8x 14-bit PWM, 18x Analog inputs, 
      • 14x Touch, 2x MCPWM  
      • 3x UART, 4x SPI, 2x I2C
      • 2x I2S
      • 1x SDIO host interface
  • Other Features:
    • 1x Neopixel LED
    • 1x Temperature sensor (–20°C to 110°C)
    • 40 MHz external crystal 
    • Secure boot, Flash encryption
    • Cryptographic hardware acceleration supporting AES, Hash, RSA, etc.
  • Software:
    • ESP-IDF, Arduino, MicroPython
  • Operating Temperature:
    • -40℃ to 85℃
  • Power:
    • 3.3V to 5.5V
    • 10uA (Low power consumption)
  • Dimensions:
    • 21 × 51.88mm

 Further information

The Banana Pi BPI-PicoW-S3 is available for $5.50 on AliExpress.com. See the product page for more information. The wiki for this device doesn’t seem to be available yet. 

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6 responses to “Banana Pi BPI-PicoW-S3 launched for $5.50”

  1. Chip says:

    Price already bumped to $6.71, that’s over 20%.
    Will NOT buy until it gets back to $5.50, and would advice everyone to do the same; this practice must die.

  2. Giorgio Mendoza says:

    It shows as $5.50 to me, but shipping is a little expensive to the U.S (~$10.0)

  3. Chip says:

    I checked again and the price is indeed back to US$5.5; they probably raised it for a while after detecting the item was covered somewhere.
    I wonder if there’s a tool that can be used to compare prices for a given product or set of products, and relate them to any coverage they get, if any.

  4. Giorgio Mendoza says:

    I’m not sure if there is a tool like that already, but I’ve been planning to come up with one and release it around December or early January.

  5. Go Leez says:

    Please keep us posted especially if you are going to release it in the public domain for testing!

  6. Giorgio Mendoza says:

    Will do, but I’ll start working on it mid December. I have to finish other projects first.

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