Banana Pi releases BPI-Centi-S3 as new developer board with small display for under US$15
Banana Pi has introduced the BPI-Centi-S3, a small board that the company bases on an ESP32-S3 microcontroller. According to Banana Pi, the BPI-Centi-S3 measures 63.2 x 26.1 mm, within which it has also included a 1.9-inch TFT LCD display that operates at 320 x 170 pixels. For reference, the display utilises the ST7789V3 8-bit 8080 display driver.
Meanwhile, the ESP32-S3 has a dual-core Tensilica LX7 running at up to 240 MHz, 2 MB PSRAM and 512 KB of RAM. Additionally, the microcontroller supports Bluetooth 5.0 (BLE) connectivity and Wi-Fi 4 for 150 Mbps peak download speeds using 40 MHz bandwidth. Moreover, Banana Pi has equipped the BPI-Centi-S3 with a USB 2.0 Type-C port for debugging, power and OTG functionality. Furthermore, the BPI-Centi-S3 offers the following expansion options:
- 1x 4-pin connector (2x GPIOs/3.3 V/GND)
- 1x 6-pin connector (4x GPIOs/3.3 V/GND)
- 1x 6-pin connector (3x GPIOs/3.3 V/GND/Reset)
Currently, Banana Pi sells the BPI-Centi-S3 through its AliExpress store, where it is available for US$14.74 before shipping. Please see Banana Pi's wiki for more details, which includes schematics, full specifications and various resources. Also, the company has published a few videos on getting the BPI-Centi-S3 working that we have embedded below.