from Pine64 Ox64 to Banana Pi BPI-M6

Single board computers are an inexhaustible resource for a wide variety of projects, from something like a DIY garland to complex enterprise systems. We have not written anything about single-payers for a long time, and during this time several interesting models have come out. We’ll talk about them today.

Pine64 Ox64

Pine64 Ox64 is very similar to “raspberry”. But at the same time, it is equipped with a dual-core RISC-V processor, 64 MB of RAM and supports up to 128 GB of main memory. Plus there is also a microSD slot.

The board is said to support RTOS and Linux. By the way, this device can be attributed both to microcontrollers and to very low-performance single-board devices. So here, as you like. The cost of the device is small – from $6 to $10.

The base of the entire board is the processor, here are its modules:

• 1 x Alibaba T-Head C906 64-bit CPU @ 480 MHz
• 1 x Core Alibaba T-Head E907 32-bit CPU @ 320 MHz
• BLAI-100 NPU (AI accelerator)

The board supports WiFi 4, Bluetooth 5.2 and 802.15.4 (Zigbee). In addition, the developers provided the device with a USB 2.0 Type-C OTG port, a 26-pin GPIO, and a MIPI CSI port for the camera. In addition, there is the possibility of installing expansion cards, including an Ethernet card that adds support for wired communication with a bandwidth of 10/100 Mbps.

Now this single-payer is on sale for $6 and up. Pine64 started’

> shipment in October, and then made the purchase of the system available on its website.

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Radxa Taco

And it’s not really a one-liner. More precisely, a single-board, but designed to work together with another system – Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. A model was created as a carrier board for a computer center, which is the “malinka”.

The advantage of the board is in the abundance of ports and connectors. So, the installation of 5 SSD or hard drives at once is supported, there is HDMI, USB and other connectors and connectors. Here is the complete list:

  • 1 x 2.5Gbps Ethernet
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Type-A port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 1x microSD card reader

The developers have also provided several LEDs that serve to display the mode of the device and its individual modules. There is also a port for a power cable, a connector for a cooler and a place for a CR1225 RTC battery.

The cost of this miracle of technology is about $95. Not cheap, but a lot of opportunities are added to the list of those offered by “malinka”.

Banana Pi BPI-M6

Another raspberry clone that offers additional features and functionality. This single board is equipped with a SenaryTech SN3680 processor with four ARM Cortex-A73 cores, Imagination GE9920 graphics, a Neural Unit and a Cortex-M3 core.

In addition, the device is equipped with four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a USB Type-C port, an Ethernet port, plus two HDMI ports. One for the exit, the other for the entrance. Accordingly, a single-board device can process the incoming video stream in real time.

It is also capable of playing video in 4K quality, as well as processing two 1080p/60Hz video streams in parallel using H.264 and VP8 codecs.

The board is equipped with 4 GB of DDR4 RAM, as well as at least 16 GB of eMMC memory. There is also a 40-pin connector, plus an M.2 Key 2232 socket, a MIP-DSI interface, and a memory card slot.

Unfortunately, the board does not have a built-in wireless communication module, but you can install a regular USB dongle instead. The system is compatible with Android and Linux. Size – 92 x 60 mm.


A good single-board with an Amlogic S922X processor, 4 GB of RAM, support for eMMS and memory cards. Prices start at $59 depending on configuration. The device is slightly smaller than the Raspberry Pi Model B, but no less functional.

True, there are no network interfaces here. Neither Ethernet nor WiFi with Bluetooth. To work with the network, you need an external accessory. It can be, for example, a USB module.

And also here:

  • 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 (4K/60Hz)
  • 1 x Debug serial console (UART)
  • 1 x MIPI DSI 4Lane (TBD)
  • 1 x Peripheral Expansion Header (40-pin, 2.54mm pitch)

Both active and passive systems can be used for cooling. Well, as for the software, the device is compatible with Android and Linux.


And this is a whole family of boards that allow you to add an electronic paper display (ePaper) to single-board devices like raspberries. Members of the family have a different size – from 2.9 inches to 7.5 inches. So with the use of such a thing, you can get quite an impressive device.

The boards have 6 programmable buttons. Controls everything – Rapbery Pi Pico W with RP2040 microcontroller. The cost of such a device starts at $49 for a 2.9-inch device. Full list of sizes, specifications and prices:

  • 2.9 inches, 296 x 128 pixels for $49
  • 4.2 inches, 400 x 300 pixels for $74
  • 5.83 inches, 648 x 480 pixels for $92
  • 7.5 inches, 800 x 480 pixels for $98

The price includes the Raspberry Pi Pico W, but if you need a battery, you will have to pay for it separately.

That’s all for today. Perhaps you have your own variants of single board computers that have come out recently that the geek should look into? If so, then let’s discuss these models in the comments.

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