Sep 02, 2023

Banana Pi BPI

Banana Pi BPI-6202 “embedded single board computer” features the industrial-grade Allwinner A40i quad-core Cortex-A7 processor with industrial temperature range and long life cycle, 2GB DDR3, 8GB eMMC flash, M.2 SATA slot, and more.

That’s the second Allwinner A40i board from Banana Pi since the company launched the Banana Pi BPI-M2 Ultra SBC last year, but the new embedded SBC looks to be better suited for industrial applications with features such as dual Ethernet, an RS485 + RS232 terminal block, 24V DC input, and a -40 to +60°C operating temperature range.

Banana Pi BPI-6202 specifications:

The company says the BPI-6202 runs Ubuntu Mate but does not provide any download link at this time. They also seem to provide some specific software (hence the encryption chip for the software license) with a communication protocol library that supports over 300 protocols including MQTT, BACNET, OPC-UA, IEC 60870-5-101/103/104, CDT, SPABUS, MODBUS, etc… and as well PLC connection to Siemens/AB/Schneider/Mitsubishi hardware. The wiki does not make that very clear as all they really share is a Linux 5.4 BSP hosted on GitHub.

The company can also provide a complete industrial PC with the Allwinner A40i SBC housed in a metal enclosure that can also support DIN Rail mounting.

Banana Pi sells the BPI-6202 SBC for about $104 plus shipping on Aliexpress, but the enclosure is not offered even as an option…

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