The Banana Pi BPI-M7 is an upcoming single-board computer that offers impressive specifications and expansion options. Powered by a Rockchip RK3588 processor, the BPI-M7 boasts up to 32GB of RAM and up to 128GB of eMMC storage. It also supports WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2.
What sets the BPI-M7 apart is its compact size and extensive expansion capabilities. With dimensions of just 92 x 62mm, it is comparable to a Raspberry Pi Model B. Despite its small size, the BPI-M7 can support up to three displays, has two 2.5 GbE Ethernet ports, and features an M.2 M-Key slot with PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD support.
The Rockchip processor at the heart of the BPI-M7 offers powerful performance, with four Cortex-A76 CPU cores running at 2.4 GHz, four Cortex-A55 cores running at 1.8 GHz, Mali-G610 MC4 graphics, and a neural processing unit with up to 6 TOPS of AI performance. The system also supports different memory and storage configurations, including 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of LPDDR4x onboard memory and a 64GB or 128GB eMMC flash storage module.
In terms of connectivity, the BPI-M7 offers a range of ports and connectors, including USB Type-C with DisplayPort Alt Mode for up to 8K/30Hz output, HDMI 2.1 for 8K@60Hz display, and MIPI-DSI for 4K/60Hz display. It also features two 2.5 GbE Ethernet ports, an M.2 M-Key slot for PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD, a microSD card reader, USB 3.0 Type-A ports, MIPI-CSI camera connectors, a 40-pin GPIO header, a fan connector, and an audio header.
The Banana Pi BPI-M7 supports both Android 12 and Debian 10 “Buster” with Linux kernel 5.10. While mass production and pricing details are yet to be announced, the makers of the BPI-M7 have produced a small number of samples. With its powerful specifications and expansion options, the BPI-M7 looks promising for server enthusiasts, Linux users, DevOps professionals, and home lab enthusiasts.