NanoPi M2A: 30$ open source SBC, Onboard Wifi and Gbps Ethernet

By on June 2, 2017
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FriendlyElec has released a community-backed, open source “NanoPi M2A” SBC that replaces the earlier NanoPi M2, which is now out of stock. The remarkably small (64 x 60mm) SBC runs Android 4.4/5.1, Debian 8.1, and Ubuntu Core with Qt on the same quad-core Samsung S5P4418 SoC. All these kernel source code is open source.

It combines the quad -A53 Samsung SoC of the NanoPi M2 with the footprint, layout, and more advanced features of the NanoPi M3.

Unlike the NanoPi M2, the NanoPi M2A offers onboard WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. Other features include GbE, HDMI, LCD, LVDS, DVP, and audio connections. You get 2x USB 2.0 host ports and two more USB headers, plus a micro-USB port. A 40-pin, RPi-ready header is also available.

Specifications listed for the NanoPi M2A include:

  • Processor — Samsung S5P4418 (4x Cortex-A53 cores @ 400MHz to 1.4GHz; 3D GPU)
  • Memory — 1GB DDR3 RAM; microSD slot
  • Wireless — 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0 dual mode; porcelain antenna IPX interface
  • Networking — 10/100/1000 Ethernet port
  • Multimedia I/O:
    • HDMI 1.4a port
    • LCD interface
    • LVDS interface
    • DVP camera interface
    • 3.5mm audio jack
    • I2S audio interface
    • Onboard mic
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 2.0 host ports
    • 2x USB 2.0 host headers
    • Micro-USB 2.0 client port
    • Debug serial port header
    • 40-pin, Raspberry Pi compatible GPIO connector for UART, SPI, I2C, PWM etc.
  • Other features — Power and reset buttons; power and status LEDs
  • Power — DC barrel jack; +5V @ 3A; RTC Battery header; AXP228 PMU
  • Dimensions — 64 x 60mm
  • Operating system — Android 4.4 and 5.1, Debian 8.1, and Ubuntu Core with Qt

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