Banana Pi BPI-M2S: A Raspberry Pi alternative with two Gigabit Ethernet ports, ARM Cortex-A73 cores and LPDDR4 RAM
Banana Pi is now well known for its single-board computers (SBC), such as the BPI-M2 Pro and BPI-M4. Now, the company has revealed the BPI-M2S, an SBC with two Gigabit Ethernet ports and a relatively powerful SoC.
Specifically, the SBC has an Amlogic A311D, an SoC with six CPU cores split between four ARM Cortex-A73 cores and two Cortex-A53 cores. Additionally, the chipset has a Mali-G52 MP4 GPU and a Neural Processing Unit that supposedly delivers up to 5.0 TOPS.
Moreover, the board has a 40-pin GPIO connector, 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, between 16 GB and 128 GB of eMMC flash storage and MIPI DSI/CSI connectors. The BPI-M2S should also support Android and Linux distributions, making it reasonably versatile.
According to Banana Pi, the BPI-M2S is the same size as the BPI-M2 Pro, which measures 65 x 65 mm. The company states that it is sampling the BPI-M2S now, having finalised its design. However, the price and availability of the board remain unknown at this stage.