First development board that we found by mounting the low cost RTD1395 SoC from Realtek, in fact the first device we found with this new SoC that has support for VEC 4K @ 60fs, VP 9.2, H.264, HDR, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG , Technicolor Prime and audio certification Dolby MS12 v1.3 Config A among others. The new board is called Banana Pi BPI-M4 and also stands out for including an M.2 port and for having Raspberry Pi 3B + format that makes it compatible with many add-ons.
SoC, RAM and storage
Banana Pi BPI-M4 includes, as mentioned, the new SoC RTD1395, a Quad Core SoC with ARM Cortex-A53 processors and a Mali-470mp4 GPU. It will also include 1/2GB of DDR4 RAM, 8GB of eMMc storage memory, although it will have a choice of more capacity and a microSD card reader. We also have an M.2 port where we can install an SSD of this format.
The Banana Pi BPI-M4 also includes WiFi connectivity level with external antenna connector, Bluetooth 4.2 and a 10/100 network port. The interfaces are varied and we have 4 USB 2.0 ports, a USB-Type-C, HDMI 2.0, a 40-pin connector and a 3.5mm audio jack. The operating system available at the moment is Android 8.1, although Linux distributions are expected.
Price and availability
- The PCB Banana Pi BPI-M4 currently has no price or release date.