Banana Pi: A Raspberry Pi alternative with an AI accelerator that costs just US$16
Sinovoip has brought its latest single-board computer (SBC) to AliExpress, the Banana Pi BPI-EAI80. The Banana Pi cannot run Windows 10 or Raspbian like the Raspberry Pi can, but it can connect to external devices via its 40-pin GPIO header like the Pi.
The Banana Pi has an Edgeless EIA80 dual-core Cortex-M4F microcontroller, which integrates 384 KB of SRAM and 8 MB of SDRAM. The EIA80 also features a 300GOPS AI accelerator (CNN-NPU) and reserves 256 KB of its SRAM for its CNN-NPU. The 86 x 54 mm supports flash storage via its SPI flash module and packs a host of other connections, as the image below demonstrates. The Banana Pi can be powered over USB Type-C or a 3.7 V Li-ION battery. The board also has built-in Wi-Fi courtesy of its ESP8266 module.
Sinovoip intends for the Banana Pi to be used as a platform for AI development and has pre-installed uGelis, which can be programmed using the Kelis SDK. The company has published a wiki with a link to GitHub for using the Banana Pi, so there is not as much support on offer for the board as there is with the Raspberry Pi, for example.
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