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With PoE: New Raspberry Pi alternative also supports TPM 2.0, RS-232 DB9 and RS-485

With PoE: New Raspberry Pi alternative also supports TPM 2.0, RS-232 DB9 and RS-485. (Image source: Banana Pi)
With PoE: New Raspberry Pi alternative also supports TPM 2.0, RS-232 DB9 and RS-485. (Image source: Banana Pi)
A new alternative to the Raspberry Pi is now available. The Banana Pi BPI-F2P also allows the connection of external devices, but it has a different focus than the popular Raspberry Pi.

Geared towards industrial applications, the Banana Pi BPI-F2P is a slight upgrade over the BPI-F2S. Featuring a Sunplus SP7021 "Plus1" SoC, the 130 x 85 mm board has four ARM Cortex-A7 cores, an ARM A926 microprocessor, an ARM 8051 core for handling I/Os and up to 512 MB of DDR3 RAM.

Banana Pi has designed the BPI-F2P with 128 MB of RAM too, which it has complemented with 8 GB of eMMC storage and a microSD card reader. The BPI-F2P adds support for PoE, along with an RS-232 DB9 connector and RS-485 terminal blocks. An HDMI 1.4 port handles video output, while there is also a 40-pin GPIO header.

Banana Pi has included several USB 2.0 connections too, along with a MIPI CSI connector and a ST33TPH2EI2C secure element for TPM 2.0. The BPI-F2P can be powered via a 12 V DC barrel jack, 12 V PoE or via its 7.4 V lithium battery connector. The Banana Pi BPI-F2P will soon be available to purchase from AliExpress, where it is expected to cost around US$70 with PoE included.

(Image source: Banana Pi)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-05- 1 (Update: 2021-09-28)