Sinovoip Banana Pi M64

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Despite its name the M64 is totally incompatible to Banana Pi/M1/M1+/Pro/M2/M2+/M2 Ultra/M3 due to a different SoC - requiring different boot loaders and drivers. It's another attempt to cash-in on the Banana Pi's popularity with a SBC sharing only Brand-name, form factor and GPIO header.

Sinovoip Banana Pi M64
BananaPi M64 front1.jpg
Manufacturer Sinovoip
Dimensions 92mm x 60mm x 20mm
Release Date July 2016
Website M64 product page
Specifications
SoC A64 @ 1152 Mhz
DRAM 2GiB DDR3 @ 672 MHz (SKhynix H5TQ4G83AFR x4)
NAND 8 GB eMMC (Samsung KLM8G1WEPD-B031)
Power DC 5V @ 2A (4/1.7mm barrel plug), Li-Ion battery connector
Features
Video HDMI Type A - full size
Audio 3.5mm headphone plug, HDMI, internal microphone
Network WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (Ampak AP6212), 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet (Realtek 8211E)
Storage µSD, eMMC 5.0
USB 2 USB2.0 Host via Terminus Technology 4-Port hub, 1 USB2.0 OTG (micro-B)
Other IRDA, reset & power button

This page needs to be properly filled according to the New Device Howto and the New Device Page guide.

Contents

Identification

The PCB has the following silkscreened on it:

BPi-M64
v1.0

alongside with the BananaPi (Bpi) logo.

Sunxi support

Current status

From the software point of view this device is similar to the Pine64 (similar DRAM, same Ethernet and PMIC), so basic support should work with some Pine64 image. In fact the manufacturer seems to offer Pine64 images based on longsleep's builds.

Images

End Users: Here are links to current images that are not community supported:

Manual build

You can build things for yourself by following our Manual build howto and by choosing from the configurations available below.

U-Boot

Sunxi/Legacy U-Boot

Mainline U-Boot

Use the pine64_plus_defconfig build target for now until a BPi-M64 specific target gets introduced.

Linux Kernel

Sunxi/Legacy Kernel

Mainline kernel

Use the sun50i-a64-bananapi-m64.dtb device-tree binary.

Expansion Port

The Banana Pi M64 has the usual 40-pin, 0.1" Raspberry Pi 2 compatible connector with several low-speed interfaces.

2x20 Header
1 3.3V 2 5V
3 TWI1_SDA / PH03 4 5V
5 TWI1_SCK / PH02 6 GND
7 UART3_RTS / PH06 8 UART2_TX / PB0 / JTAG-MS0
9 GND 10 UART2_RX / PB1 / JTAG-CK0
11 UART3_CTS / PH07 12 UART2_CTS/ PB3 / JTAG-DI0
13 DMIC-CLK / PH10 14 GND
15 DMIC-DIN/ PH11 16 UART2_RTS / PB2 / JTAG-DO0
17 3.3V 18 PD4
19 SPI1_MOSI / PD2 20 GND
21 SPI1_MISO / PD3 22 PC0 / SPI0-MOSI
23 SPI1-CLK / PD1 / UART3-RX 24 SPI1-CS / PD0 / UART3-TX
25 GND 26 PC2 / SPI0-CLK
27 PC4 28 PC3 / SPI0-CS
29 PC7 30 GND
31 PCM0-BCLK / PB5 32 PCM0-DIN / PB7
33 PCM0-SYNC / PB4 34 GND
35 PCM0-DOUT / PB6 36 PL9 / S_TWI-SDA
37 PL12 38 PL7
39 GND 40 PL8 / S_TWI-SCK

Pin PC1, which carries the SPI0-MISO signal, is not available on a header, since it is connected to the eMMC chip. So booting from a SPI flash connected to header pins will not work on the Banana Pi M64.

Tips, Tricks, Caveats

FEL mode

The FEL button (called U-Boot key in the manual) triggers FEL mode.

The boot order is: SD card first, then eMMC, then FEL. Pressing the FEL button always triggers FEL mode. A SD card without an eGON header will be skipped, it continues on eMMC then. If boot0 fails to locate U-Boot, it will enter FEL mode.

USB

The two type A receptacles are connected to a Terminus Technology Inc. 4-Port hub on the lower PCB side that is connected to the SoC. PCB traces on the board provide a 3rd USB port connected to the hub on solder wholes next to the 40 pin GPIO header (polarity 'information').

Adding a serial port

Banana Pi M64 UART pads

There is a three pin UART header next to the Ethernet socket, it is connected to UART0. The pins are clearly labelled with GND, RX and TX. Attach a 3.3V UART interface as described in the UART howto.

Pictures

See also

From a software point of view there is not much difference from the Pine64, which is the main development vehicle for the A64 SoC support. So please check the Pine64 page for further information.

Banana Pi M64 board schematic

Manufacturer images

The official BananaPi M64 page provides already some images, those with Linux based on longsleep's Pine64 images. Be aware that they are based on already outdated BSP kernel/u-boot versions and partially use an ARMv6 userland causing unnecessary performance implications: http://www.banana-pi.org/m64-download.html

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