Banana Pi BPI-M3

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Introduction

Overview: Allwinner A83T
Overview: front
Overview: back
BPI-M3 Premium Aluminum Enclosure
BPI-M3 acrylic case
BPI 4.0 OEM&ODM server Successful case : A83T Raid Nas design
BPI 4.0 OEM&ODM server Successful case : A83T Magic Mirror

Banana Pi M3 is a super charged single board computer with an Octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Along side the elite processing unit, it features Gigabit Ethernet, 2 USB, SATA, WiFi, Bluetooth, and HDMI connection. It can run on a variety of operating systems including Android, Lubuntu, Ubuntu, Debian, and Raspbian.

Being a brother of the power hungry M2, the M3 does not want to rest while his brother goes to acquire two more cores. The M3 secretly mastered the powerful art of Octa-core to best even the M2. Unlike his careless brother, the M3 did not lose his SATA port.

Banana Pi is an open platform device, it is for anyone who wants to play and build with developer technology instead of simply using consumer technology. Backed by our community, starting a project and building servers is fun and rewarding. We welcome all companies, DIYers, and tech loving people within our community! Together, we can make a difference, we can discover our passions, inspire others, and build a practical project.

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Key Features

  • Allwinner A83T Octa-core 1.8GHz Powerful CPU.
  • 2 GB LPDDR3 memory.
  • 8 GB eMMC storage.
  • HDMI out
  • IR control
  • WiFi & Bluetooth onboard.
  • MIPI DSI ingerface
  • CSI camera interface

Getting Start

Hardware

Hardware interfact

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Hardware spec

Banana Pi BPI-M3
CPU Allwinner A83T ARM Cortex-A7 Octa-Core 1.8 GHz, 512KB L1 cache and 1MB L2 cache
GPU PowerVR SGX544MP1 Comply with OpenGL ES 2.0 OpenCL 1x, DX9_3
Memory 2 GB LPDDR3 (shared with GPU)
Storage On Board 8GB eMMC Flash, Micro SD-Card slot, SATA 2.0 Port (USB-to-SATA bridge)
Network 10/100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet (Realtek RTL8211E/D) + Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (AP6212) + Bluetooth BT4.0
Video Input(s) A CSI input connector allows for the connection of a designed camera module
Video Output(s) HDMI 1.4 (Type A Full), MIPI Display Serial Interface (DSI) for raw LCD Panel
Audio Input(s) On board microphone
Audio Output(s) 3.5mm jack and HDMI
USB ports USB 2.0 PORT (x2), USB OTG (x1)
Remote IR Receiver (x1)
GPIO 40 Pin Header : GPIO (x28) and Power (+5V, +3.3V and GND). Some of I/O Pin can be used for specific functions as UART, I2C, SPI or PWM
Switches Reset, Power and U-boot
LED Power Status and 8P8C
Power Source 5 volt @2A via DC Power and/or Micro USB (OTG)
Size & Weight 92x60mm, 48g
OS Android and Linux

GPIO PIN define

Banana Pi BPI-M3 has a 40-pin GPIO header that matches that of the Model Raspberry Pi 3. Following is the Banana Pi GPIO Pinout:

Gpio define.png

40 PIN GPIO define of Banana pi BPI-M3
GPIO Pin Name Default Function Function2:GPIO Function3
CON1-P01 VCC-3V3
CON1-P02 DCIN
CON1-P03 TWI2-SDA PH5-EINT5
CON1-P04 DCIN  
CON1-P05 TWI2-SCK PH4-EINT4
CON1-P06 GND
CON1-P07 S-PWM PL10-S-EINT10
CON1-P08 UART2-TX PB0-EINT0
CON1-P09 GND
CON1-P10 UART2-RX PB1-EINT1
CON1-P11 PC4 PC4
CON1-P12 UART2-CTS PB3-EINT3
CON1-P13 PC7 PC7
CON1-P14 GND
CON1-P15 PC17 PC17
CON1-P16 UART2-RTS PB2-EINT2
CON1-P17 VCC-3V3
CON1-P18 PL8-ENT8 PL8-S-ENT8
CON1-P19 SPI0_MOSI PC0
CON1-P20 GND
CON1-P21 SPI0_MISO PC1
CON1-P22 PL9-EINT9 PL9-S-EINT9
CON1-P23 SPI0_CLK PC2
CON1-P24 SPI0_CS PC3
CON1-P25 GND
CON1-P26 PH10-ENT10 PH10-ENT10
CON1-P27 TWI1-SDA PH3-EINT3
CON1-P28 TWI1-SCK PH2-EINT2
CON1-P29 PC18 PC18
CON1-P30 GND
CON1-P31 I2S1-BCLK PG10-EINT10 UART3-TX
CON1-P32 I2S1-DIN PG13-EINT13 UART3-CTS
CON1-P33 I2S1-LRCK PG11-EINT11 UART3-RX
CON1-P34 GND
CON1-P35 I2S1-DOUT PG12-EINT12 UART3-RTS
CON1-P36 PE5 PE5
CON1-P37 PE4 PE4
CON1-P38 OWA-DOUT PE18
CON1-P39 GND
CON1-P40 PE19 PE19

CSI Camera Connector specification:


The CSI Camera Connector is a 40-pin FPC connector which can connect external camera module with proper signal pin mappings. The pin definitions of the CSI interface are shown as below. This is marked on the Banana Pi board as “CSI”.

CSI camera GPIO of Banana pi BPI-M3
CSI Pin Name Default Function Function2:GPIO
CN7-P01 IPSOUT
CN7-P02 AFVCC
CN7-P03 IPSOUT
CN7-P04 IOVDD
CN7-P05 GND
CN7-P06 GND
CN7-P07 CSI2-D3N
CN7-P08 AVDD-CSI
CN7-P09 CSI2-D3P
CN7-P10 DVDD-CSI-R
CN7-P11 GND
CN7-P12 NC
CN7-P13 CSI2-D2N
CN7-P14 CSI-RST-R PE16
CN7-P15 CSI2-D2P
CN7-P16 CSI-STBY-R PE17
CN7-P17 GND
CN7-P18 CSI-PCLK PE0
CN7-P19 CSI2-CKN
CN7-P20 CSI-MCLK PE1
CN7-P21 CSI2-CKP
CN7-P22 CSI-HSYNC PE2
CN7-P23 GND
CN7-P24 CSI-VSYNC PE3
CN7-P25 CSI2-D1N
CN7-P26 CSI-D9 PE13
CN7-P27 CSI2-D1P
CN7-P28 CSI-D8 PE12
CN7-P29 GND
CN7-P30 CSI-D7 PE11
CN7-P31 CSI2-D0N
CN7-P32 CSI-D6 PE10
CN7-P33 CSI2-D0P
CN7-P34 CSI-D5 PE9
CN7-P35 GND
CN7-P36 CSI-D4 PE8
CN7-P37 CSI-SCK PE14
CN7-P38 CSI-D3 PE7
CN7-P39 CSI-SDA PE15
CN7-P40 CSI-D2 PE6

Display specification

MIPI DSI (Display Serial Interface):

The display Connector is a 40-pin FPC connector which can connect external LCD panel (MIPI DSI) and touch screen (I2C) module as well. The pin definitions of this connector are shown as below. This is marked on the Banana Pi board as “DSI”.

MIPI DSI PIN define of Banana pi BPI-M3
DSI Pin Name Default Function Function2:GPIO
CN6-P01 VCC-MIPI
CN6-P02 IPSOUT
CN6-P03 VCC-MIPI
CN6-P04 IPSOUT
CN6-P05 GND
CN6-P06 IPSOUT
CN6-P07 GND
CN6-P08 IPSOUT
CN6-P09 NC
CN6-P10 GND
CN6-P11 NC
CN6-P12 DSI-D0N
CN6-P13 NC
CN6-P14 DSI-D0P
CN6-P15 NC
CN6-P16 GND
CN6-P17 TWI0-SDA PH1-EINT1
CN6-P18 DSI-D1N
CN6-P19 TWI0-SCK PH0-EINT0
CN6-P20 DSI-D1P
CN6-P21 TP-INT PL7-S-EINT7
CN6-P22 GND
CN6-P23 TP-RST PL6-S-EINT6
CN6-P24 DSI-CKN
CN6-P25 GND
CN6-P26 DSI-CKP
CN6-P27 LCD-BL-EN PD29
CN6-P28 GND
CN6-P29 LCD-RST PD26
CN6-P30 DSI-D2N
CN6-P31 LCD-PWR-EN PD27
CN6-P32 DSI-D2P
CN6-P33 GND
CN6-P34 GND
CN6-P35 LCD-PWM PD28
CN6-P36 DSI-D3N
CN6-P37 GND
CN6-P38 DSI-D3P
CN6-P39 AP-RESET#
CN6-P40 GND

UART specification:

The header CON4 is the UART interface.For developers of Banana Pi, this is an easy way to get the UART console output to check the system status and log message.

Uart debug pin of Banana pi BPI-M3
CON2 Pin Name Default Function GPIO
CON2 P03 UART0-TXD PB9
CON2 P02 UART0-RXD PB10
CON2 P01 GND

Software

Android

Linux

Opnewrt

TinaLinux

Development

Basic Development

Resources

Source code

Documents

BPI-M3 WIFI Lab test report : https://bananapi.gitbooks.io/bpi-m3/content/en/bpi-m3wifilabtest.html
BPI-M3 Validation test report : https://bananapi.gitbooks.io/bpi-m3/content/en/bpi-m3validationtest.html
BPI-M3 CE,FCC RoHS Certification : http://forum.banana-pi.org/t/bpi-m3-ce-fcc-rohs-certification/984

Image Release

Android 5.1.1 V5

  • 2018-06-05 update
  • HDMI-Version
Google Drive : https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mLXOAH_LPT-uqtwWvgvJXw4Vo95tFr_z
Baidu Cloud : https://pan.baidu.com/s/1byqwqzz9SOIWHYfOabXKNw
  • LCD-Version
Google Drive : https://drive.google.com/open?id=1DAxQIws0eAVPAm0riH5HXc8M36SH_-sC
Baidu Cloud : https://pan.baidu.com/s/19l7a6Z75FuZb_f9Ls0fN5w
  • 2017-05-11 update
  • HDMI-Version
Google Drive : https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_YnvHgh2rwjcXkxczlmOWxWV00
Baidu Cloud : https://pan.baidu.com/s/1pKF3Ggj
MD5: d7b7abf3443a49fb0f178ccf2f6e82d0
  • LCD-Version
Google Drive : https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_YnvHgh2rwjSkM5NHFWYVdlakk
Baidu Cloud : https://pan.baidu.com/s/1mi2YOeG
MD5: b27dd45ac5fd1fd3b02db8ffd92c2871

Ubuntu

  • 2018-07-18 BPI-M3 Ubuntu 16.04 Mate Desktop (new eMMC)
Features Map :http://wiki.banana-pi.org/M3_Image_Map#Ubuntu_16.04
Google Drive : https://drive.google.com/open?id=1DlOrt08yUY9hAETiUXBiyoyPFHrOxtvq
Baidu Drive : https://pan.baidu.com/s/1ND5QqoBevzM2TykwqZCkAA
forum pthread: http://forum.banana-pi.org/t/bananapi-bpi-m3-new-image-new-emmc-ubuntu16-04-debian9-release-2018-07-18/6294
  • 2018-07-18 M3 Ubuntu Server (new eMMC)
Features Map : http://wiki.banana-pi.org/M3_Image_Map#Ubuntu_Lite
Google Drive : https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Yyd2BepHjyhgXhSmnFh_0Az6YoXPEI3J
Baidu Drive : https://pan.baidu.com/s/10vSo0AmIiMrVLNPkQ63leQ
forum pthread: http://forum.banana-pi.org/t/bananapi-bpi-m3-new-image-new-emmc-ubuntu16-04-debian9-release-2018-07-18/6294

Debian

  • 2018-07-18 BPI-M3 Debian Jessie 9 (new eMMC)
Features Map : http://wiki.banana-pi.org/M3_Image_Map#Debian_Jessie_9
Google Drive : https://drive.google.com/open?id=1M997Uf-RVqdFKJkXMjgY0w3fHyiOq4iG
Baidu Drive : https://pan.baidu.com/s/1yQYG1iOEIrJADV_j-qvdwQ
Forum pthread : http://forum.banana-pi.org/t/bananapi-bpi-m3-new-image-new-emmc-ubuntu16-04-debian9-release-2018-07-18/6294

Armbian

  • Armbian with 4.17.y for M3
Test build:http://ix.io/1fUK
Broken: wired, wireless network, Bluetooth, ...
Works: serial console, 8 cores, DVFS, USB, SATA, HDMI, DRM video driver, ...
image:https://forum.armbian.com/topic/474-banana-pi-m3/?do=findComment&comment=57400
Forum pthread:http://forum.banana-pi.org/t/armbian-with-4-17-y-for-m3/6174

Rasbian

  • 2018-5-28 update : Raspbian 8.0 V1.1
Image Link:
Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1DSZru8UQRikI6pImLZIt1DmySVozy0FA
baidu cloud : https://pan.baidu.com/s/1Pz_6btHxj6F9w_6aw90Dww
Forum thread:
http://forum.banana-pi.org/t/banana-pi-bpi-m3-new-image-release-raspbian-jessie-8-0-2018-5-28-v1-1/5847

Arch Linux

  • 2018-08-19 ArchLinux-4.18.1-1-ARCH : Kernel: 4.18.1-1-ARCH U-Boot: 2018.09-rc1
U-Boot: 2018.09-rc1,Kernel: 4.18.1-1-ARCH,Ethernet works,Wifi works,HDMI works,LCD needs to be checked(I would appreciate if someone can check it),GPIO works(WiringPi),BPI tools included,I2C enabled(In TDB file)
source code on github : https://github.com/apankevych/BananaPi-M3-Linux-4.18.1-1-ARCH
download Image link:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ia3JSmHH8ksia4e8doalUGSBHnytOgx4/view?usp=sharing
Forum pthread : http://forum.banana-pi.org/t/bananapi-bpi-m3-new-image-archlinux-4-18-1-1-arch-2018-08-19/6544
  • 2018-07-19 Arch Linux sunxi kernel-4.18-rc3 and uboot- 2018.01 thank Andriy_Pankevych do this great work.
Google drive : https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Ve91MG_7d1haawqqmiBo4qCugvF1iLyn
Source code: https://github.com/apankevych/BananaPi-M3-Linux-4.18.0-rc3
Forum pthread : http://forum.banana-pi.org/t/banana-pi-bpi-m3-new-image-arch-linux-sunxi-kernel-4-18-rc3-and-uboot-2018-01-2018-07-19/6312

FreeBSD

FreeBSD on Allwinner (sunxi) systems for banana pi

Banana pi as the official partner of Allwinner , must banana pi product use Allwinner chip design . such as A20/A31S/H3/H2+/A64/A83T , and FreeBSD have support many Allwinner . so easy to use on banana pi board.

  • Allwinner A20 (sun7i), a dual-core Cortex-A7 BPI-M1/BPI-M1+/BPI-R1
  • Allwinner A31 and A31s (sun6i), a quad-core Cortex-A7 BPI-M2
  • Allwinner A64 (sun50i), a quad-core Cortex-A53 BPI-M64
  • Allwinner A83T (sun8i), an octa-core Cortex-A7 BPI-M3
  • Allwinner H3 (sun8i), a quad-core Cortex-A7 BPI-M2+/BPI-M2+ EDU/

https://wiki.freebsd.org/FreeBSD/arm/Allwinner

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