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Compute Module by Banana Pi

With the growing importance of Raspberry Pi and its compute module series, the Banana Pi company has introduced its own series similar to Raspberry Pi. They have right now released several series of micro-computers, but this time they are releasing Banana Compute Module, getting inspiration from the previous Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. However, the developers have put in some amazing specs in the device to blow up your mind.

If you don’t know about the Banana Pi Compute Module, you should read this article that will provide you with all the information about the compute module developed by BananaPi foundation.

Compute Module by Banana Pi

BananaPi Compute Module is no doubt one of the amazing innovations which may look similar to Raspberry Pi Compute module 4 in terms of the same number of pinouts, and compatibility for all types of carrier board. However, it has several unique features which are not available in the previous Compute Module 4 model.

Let’s discuss some notable features of Banana Pi Compute Module which differentiate it from the base model.

1: CPU Performance

Banana Pi Compute Module has a tucked-in Amlogic A311D chip that includes six cores, of which four feature ARM-Cortex-A73 CPU cores while the other two feature ARM-Cortex-A53 CPU cores. The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 uses the Broadcom BCM2711 quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 processor, thus having slightly fewer cores than Amlogic. The processor of BananaPi is much more powerful as compared to Broadcom as it provides you with a processing speed of 1.8GHz and 2.2GHz on turbo boost. While using Broadcom, you will get a maximum processing speed of 1.5GHz.

2: GPU Performance

Banana Pi Compute Module includes ARM-Mali G52 MP4 graphic card, which is highly effective in delivering you better performance with a base processing speed of 650MHz that can go up to 850 MHz on turbo boost. On the other hand, the Broadcom VideoCore-IV GPU offers you 500MHz GPU base clock speed with no turbo boost.

3: Storage Option

Banana Pi Compute Module offers 2GB and 4GB RAM storage, unlike Raspberry Pi compute module 4 that gives you a RAM storage up to 8GB. However, with Banana Pi, you will get an additional 16GB to 128GB of embedded storage (eMMC); thus, you don’t need an SD card for your device anymore. However, if you still want to extend your device storage, you can use the SD-card option as well, which is already built within the device.

4: WiFi and Bluetooth Connectivity

With the BananaPi compute module, you will enjoy high speed internet browsing and files sharing with the inclusion of the latest WiFi 6 and Bluetooth modules.

5: HDMI Ports

The Banana Pi compute module only includes a single 4K display HDMI port via carrier board unlike Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 that supports up to two displays through carrier board.

Why is the BananaPi Compute Module better?

The Banana Pi Compute Module is much better in performance than the Raspberry Pi Compute module. It offers a high-speed CPU and GPU, a built-in efficient storage option, fast-speed WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. In terms of extending the system RAM, it lags behind Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. Still, it would be ideal for you to purchase this module once it is introduced in the market.

Final Thoughts

Banana Pi Compute Module is the reduced version of the Banana Pi model that provides similar features to the users that a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 offers. However, its performance is far better than Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. With better CPU and GPU processing speeds, more storage options, and the latest WIiFi and Bluetooth module, you can easily boost your working performance. You can also use this device for developing many DIY projects and perform other high computational tasks.

About the author

Awais Khan

I'm an Engineer and an academic researcher by profession. My interest for Raspberry Pi, embedded systems and blogging has brought me here to share my knowledge with others.