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Banana Pi BPI-R4: WiFi 7 Router Board Powered by MediaTek Filogic 880 Processor

Banana Pi has released a new WiFi 7 router board called the BPI-R4. This router board is powered by the MediaTek MT7988A (Filogic 880) quad-core Arm Corex-A73 processor. It features 4GB DDR4 RAM, 8GB eMMC flash, and 128MB SPI-NAND flash.

The BPI-R4 also includes two 10GbE SFP cages, four Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports, a USB 3.2 port, an M.2 socket for a 4G/5G modem or an NVMe SSD, and two mini PCIe slots with PCIe 3.0 to support WiFi 7.

The specifications of the Banana Pi BPI-R4 are as follows:

  • SoC: MediaTek MT7988A (Filogic 880) quad-core Arm Corex-A73 processor @ 1.8GHz with AI-powered packet accelerator
  • System Memory: 4GB DDR4
  • Storage: 8GB eMMC flash, 128MB SPI NAND Flash, microSD card slot, M.2 Key M for NVMe SSD
  • Networking: 2x 10GbE SFP cages, 4x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports
  • USB: USB 3.2 port
  • Expansion: M.2 Key-B slot with USB 3.2 interface for 5G or 4G LTE connectivity, M.2 Key-M slot with 1-lane PCIe 3.0 for NVMe SSD, 2x mini PCIe slots with 2-lane PCIe 3.0 for Wi-Fi 7 NIC, 26-pin GPIO header for expansion
  • Debugging: 3-pin header for 3.3V serial console
  • Misc: Reset button, WPS button, bootstrap switch, RTC battery connector
  • Power Supply: 12V/5.2A or 19V/3.2A via DC jack, 20V DC input via header, optional PoE module (RT5400), 5V/12V output header
  • Dimensions: 148 x 100.5 mm
  • Weight: 250 grams

The Banana Pi BPI-R4 currently has three OpenWrt images available for eMMC, NAND flash, or microSD card boot. A Debian image is also in development. The board does not come with a WiFi 7 module by default but can support it through the two mini PCIe sockets.

The WiFi 7 iPA NIC Module, which can be added to the BPI-R4, is based on a four-chip design with MediaTek MT7996 (WiFi 7 tri-band BE19000 SoC), MT7995N (2.4 GHz WiFi), MT7977AN (6 GHz), and MT7977B (6 GHz).

The Banana Pi BPI-R4 is available for purchase on Aliexpress for $103.15, but the WiFi 7 card must be purchased separately. Coupon codes are available for discounts during the Black Friday promotion.

Overall, the Banana Pi BPI-R4 is a powerful WiFi 7 router board with a range of features and expandability options.

Source: CNX Software – Embedded Systems News.

MediaTek Launches Filogic 860 & Filogic 360 WiFi 7 Chipsets for Mainstream BE7200 Routers and Clients

MediaTek has introduced two new WiFi 7 chipsets, the Filogic 860 and Filogic 360, targeting mainstream routers and client devices. The Filogic 860 features a tri-core Arm Cortex-A73 SoC designed for up to BE7200 routers and gateways, while the Filogic 360 is a WiFi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 chip designed for smartphones, PCs, laptops, set-top boxes, and OTT streaming boxes, offering up to 2.9 Gbps bandwidth.

The Filogic 860 and Filogic 360 chipsets provide more cost-effective alternatives to the previously introduced Filogic 880 SoC for up to BE36000 routers and Filogic 380 clients chip, which can achieve up to 6.5 Gbps PHY data rate.

MediaTek Filogic 860 Specifications:

  • CPU – 3x Arm Cortex-A73 cores clocked at up to 1.8 GHz
  • Network Processing Unit (NPU) – Hardware QoS acceleration and Tunneling Offload Engine for VLAN / PPTP / L2TP / GRE
  • Networking Crypto engine (EIP-197) – For IPv4 NATP / IPv6 / DS-Lite / 6RD acceleration
  • Memory I/F – DDR3, DDR4
  • Storage I/F – SPI-NOR, SPI-NAND, eMMC, SD
  • Networking
    • Wi-Fi 7 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax/be)
      • Up to 7.2 Gbps (BE7200) PHY performance
      • Tri-band support – 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz
      • Key Features – BW40 (2.4Ghz), BW160 (5/6GHz), 4096-QAM, MLO, MRU, and AFC
      • Antenna – 4×4 (2.4GHz) + 5×5 (5/6GHz); Filogic Xtra range to boost receiving distance using an extra antenna
    • Ethernet
      • 1x 10GbE (USXGMII)
      • 1x 2.5GbE PHY
      • 4x 1GbE interfaces
  • USB – 2x USB 3.2 up to 5 Gbps each
  • PCIe – PCIe 3.0 up to 10 Gbps
  • Other I/Os – UART, SPI, PWM, GPIO and OTP

The Filogic 860 is expected to be used in WiFi 7 enterprise access points, service provider Ethernet gateways, mesh nodes, retail routers, and IoT router applications. Although software support details are not provided, MediaTek is likely to offer support for Linux-based distributions such as OpenWrt and/or Debian.

MediaTek Filogic 360 Specifications:

  • Wi-Fi
    • Wi-Fi 7 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax/be)
    • Tri-band – 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz
    • Antenna – 2×2 triple-band
    • Max Throughput – Up to 2.9Gbps
    • Wi-Fi 7 Features – Up to 160MHz BW, 4096-QAM, Hybrid MLO (eMLSR), MRU
  • Bluetooth Dual 5.4, LE Audio
  • MediaTek Bluetooth and Wi-Fi coexistence technology
  • Single chip with RF, Baseband, MAC, iFEM
  • Host interface – PCI Express 2.1 or USB 3.0

The MediaTek Filogic 860 and Filogic 360 WiFi 7 chipsets are currently available for sampling to customers, with mass production scheduled for mid-2024. Therefore, routers, gateways, and client devices utilizing these new chips are expected to hit the market in the second half of 2024. More information can be found on the respective product pages and in the press release.

Source: CNX Software – Embedded Systems News.

MediaTek Dimensity 9300 Emphasizes “Big” Cores, Ditches Efficiency Cores

MediaTek has taken a different approach with its new Dimensity 9300 processor by opting for “big” cores instead of the usual big.LITTLE technology that combines high-performance cores with energy-efficient cores. This decision could make the Dimensity 9300 more competitive with flagship-class processors from Qualcomm and other companies. The chip features four Cortex-X4 CPU cores and four Cortex-A720 cores, which could give it an edge in tasks that utilize all eight CPU cores simultaneously. However, it is important to note that the CPU frequencies differ between MediaTek’s chip and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip, which has one Cortex-X4 core and five Cortex-A720 cores. Additionally, without lower-power cores, the energy efficiency of Qualcomm’s chip remains to be seen.


  • CPU:

    • MediaTek Dimensity 9300:
      • 1 x Cortex-X4 @ 3.25 GHz
      • 3 x Cortex-X4 @ 2.85 GHz
      • 4 x Cortex-A720 @ 2 GHz
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3:
      • 1 x Cortex-X4 @ 3.3 GHz
      • 3 x Cortex-A720 @ 3.2 GHz
      • 2 x Cortex-A720 @ 3 GHz
      • 2 x Cortex-A520 @ 2.3 GHz
  • GPU:

    • MediaTek Dimensity 9300: Immoratlis G720-MC12
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3: Adreno 740
  • RAM:

    • MediaTek Dimensity 9300: LPDDR5T (up to 9600 MB/s)
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3: LPDDR5x (up to 9600MB/s)
  • Wireless:

    • MediaTek Dimensity 9300:
      • WiFi 7 (6.5 Gbps)
      • Bluetooth 5.4
      • 5G Sub-6 GHz/mmWave (up to 7.9 Gbps)
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3:
      • WiFi 7 (5.8 Gbps)
      • Bluetooth 5.4
      • 5G Sub-6 GHz/mmWave (up to 10 Gbps)
  • Camera:

    • MediaTek Dimensity 9300:
      • Up to 320MP (single camera)
      • Up to 4K @ 60 fps (video)
      • Up to 8K @ 30 fps (video)
      • 18-bit ISP
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3:
      • Up to 200MP (single camera)
      • Up to 4K @ 120 fps (video)
      • Up to 8K @ 30 fps (video)
      • 18-bit ISP
  • Display:

    • MediaTek Dimensity 9300:
      • Up to 4K @ 120 Hz
      • Up to WQHD @ 180 Hz
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3:
      • Up to 4K @ 60 Hz
      • Up to QHD+ @ 144 Hz

MediaTek claims that the Dimensity 9300 offers several improvements over its predecessor, the Dimensity 9200, including faster CPU and GPU performance, as well as improved AI performance.

Source: Liliputing.

GL.iNet Releases Flint2 AX6000 Router: High-Speed WireGuard VPN Support with MediaTek MT7986 SoC and 2.5 GbE

GL.iNet has released the Flint2 (also known as GL-MT6000), a new AX6000 router based on the MediaTek MT7986 (Filogic 830) ARM SoC. This router supports VPN speeds of up to 900 Mbps using WireGuard and 190 Mbps with OpenVPN. Compared to previous GL.iNet routers like the Spitz AX and the Beryl AX, which were based on the Filogic 820 (MT7981B) CPU with transfer rates of up to 300 Mbps using WireGuard, the Flint2 is expected to triple the VPN performance.

The GL.iNet Flint2 router comes with the following specifications:

  • SoC – MediaTek MT7986 (Filogic 830) quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor @ 2.0 GHz with hardware acceleration engines for Wi-Fi offloading and networking
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR4
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash
  • Networking:
    • 2x 2.5 Gbps Ethernet ports
    • 4x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
    • 802.11b/g/n/ac/ax WiFi 6 with 4x external Wi-Fi antennas
      • Up to 1,148 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz
      • Up to 4,804 Mbps @ 5 GHz
      • DFS (Dynamic Frequency Selection) support
    • VPN – OpenVPN server/client tested up to 190 Mbps, and WireGuard server/client tested up to 900 Mbps (tests over Ethernet in client mode)
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 Type-A port
  • Dimensions – 233 x 137 x 57mm

The GL.iNet Flint2 router comes pre-installed with OpenWrt 23.05 (or a fork) with Linux 5.15 and the GL.Inet Admin Panel, which is common to all GL.iNet routers. It supports four different network modes: router, access point, extender, and WDS. The router also includes features such as AdGuard Home, parental controls, and Cloud remote management.

The significant improvement in WireGuard performance, tripling the previous model’s speed, is noteworthy. While the upgrade from a 1.3 GHz dual-core Arm Cortex-A53 CPU to a 2.0 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU partially explains the increase, the main reason is likely the switch from Linux 5.4 to Linux 5.15. The Filogic 830-based router benefits from in-kernel WireGuard support introduced in Linux 5.6. As a point of comparison, the first Flint router achieves speeds of up to 500 Mbps with WireGuard.

The Filogic 830 SoC used in the Flint2 is also found in other devices, such as the Banana Pi BPI-R3 and BPI-R3 Mini router SBCs.

Source: CNX Software – Embedded Systems News.