Notebookcheck Logo

Banana Pi BPI-CM4: Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 alternative presented with an Amlogic A311D chipset

The Banana Pi BPI-CM4 relies on the Amlogic A311D. (Image source: Banana Pi)
The Banana Pi BPI-CM4 relies on the Amlogic A311D. (Image source: Banana Pi)
Banana Pi has unveiled the BPI-CM4, a blatant imitation of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 (CM4). Not only does the BPI-CM4 feature the CM4's design, it also shares its connection pins. Banana Pi hopes to offer the BPI-CM4 in 2 GB and 4 GB RAM configurations that will also have 16 GB to 128 GB of eMMC flash storage.

Banana Pi has lifted the lid on the BPI-CM4, a system on module (SoM) that measures 55 x 40 mm with four M.2 mounting holes. Undoubtedly, the BPI-CM4 resembles the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 (CM4), with Banana Pi even borrowing the device's initialism. Also, the BPI-CM4 is pin-to-pin compatible with the CM4, theoretically making it a drop-in replacement for Raspberry Pi's SoM.

However, the BPI-CM4 utilises the Amlogic A311D as its chipset rather than the Broadcom BCM2711 in the CM4. As CNX Software notes, the Amlogic A311D means that the BPI-CM4 does not support all the CM4's interfaces. Specifically, the BPI-CM4 can only realise single HDMI, MIPI CSI and MIPI DSI connections; the CM4 supports dual connections of each interface. For reference, the Amlogic A311D has four ARM Cortex-A73 cores, two Cortex-A53 cores, a Mali-G52 MP4 GPU and a 5 TOPs NPU.

Moreover, Banana Pi plans to offer the BPI-CM4 with 16 GB to 128 GB of eMMC flash storage, plus 2 GB and 4 GB of RAM variants. Furthermore, the BPI-CM4 will be available with WiFi 5 or WiFi 6 modules, although pricing has not been announced yet. Currently, Banana Pi has not confirmed when the BPI-CM4 will be available either; only renders have been shown so far too.

(Image source: Banana Pi)
(Image source: Banana Pi)
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2022 05 > Banana Pi BPI-CM4: Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 alternative presented with an Amlogic A311D chipset
Alex Alderson, 2022-05-26 (Update: 2022-05-26)