Getting Started with BPI-M6

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Banana Pi BPI-M6 with Synaptics VS680
Banana Pi BPI-M6 with Synaptics VS680

Banana Pi BPI-M6 is a new generation single board computer design , use Synaptics VS680 quad-core Cortex-A73 (2.1GHz) and One Cortex-M3 processor,Imagination GE9920 GPU.and NPU Up to 6 .75Tops. Onboard 4GB LPDDR4 memory and 16GB EMMC storage, and supports 4 USB 3.0 interface, a gigabit network port.onboard 1 HDMI-rx port and 1 Hdmi-tx port.


  • Synaptics VideoSmart VS680 quad-core Cortex-A73 (2.1GHz) and One Cortex-M3 processor
  • Imagination GE9920 GPU
  • NPU for AI up to 6 .75Tops
  • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash
  • Video Output – 1 HDMIin and 1 HDMIout
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – 4x USB 3.0 ports via VL817 hub controller, 1x USB-C port (for power only?)
  • Expansion – 40-pin
  • Debugging – 3-pin debug header
  • Misc – Reset, Power, and U-boot button; power and activity LED’s;
  • Power Supply – 5V @3A via USB Type-C port
  • M.2 Key E(PCIe + MIPI CSI)



1. Prepare a usb-serial cable(3.3V,Baud: 115200), a 5V/3A adaptor type-c power supply. The serial cable is used for console debug and type-c cable is used for android image download.
2. Prepare a SDcard at least 8GB for linux development, android only support emmc boot.
3. User name/password: pi/bananapi ,root/bananapi.



1. Download and install the SenarySocSystemTool for android image download via USB type-c on M6, only support windows.
2. Download the latest android image, and confirm that the md5 checksum is correct.

Install Image with Usb Burning Tool

1. Open SenarySocSystemTool.exe, click Browse, and select the eMMCimg folder where the image is located.
M6 android install 1.png
2. Press the USB button next to type-c and connect to the computer using the type-c cable.
M6 android install 2.png
3. Click to start burning, and then wait for the burning to complete.
M6 android install 3.png
4. After Burning successfull, press the RST key, Unplug the usb and connect to power supply adaptor to startup.
M6 android install 4.png
5. If you want to erase eMMC, you can repeat the above steps, but you need to click on Erase eMMC instead of starting the burn.

NOTE: Android images currently only support burning to EMMC.


Install Image to SD card

Install Image with Balena Etcher.
Balena Etcher is an opensource GUI flash tool by Balena, Flash OS images to SDcard or USB drive.
Click on "Flash from file" to select image.
Click on "Select target" to select USB device.
Click on "Flash!" Start burning.
After the image is burned, insert the SD card into the BPI-M6. Press and hold the SPI key while inserting the power supply.


VS680 HDMI TX functional properties:

  • Support hdmi v2.1
  • Support up to 2160p@60 YUV444
  • Support up to 1080p@60 with 12b deep color
  • Support up to HDCP 2.2
  • Support HBR output
  • Support HDR10 and HLG

HDMI TX software configuration

VS680 currently uses two display frameworks, FB and DRM

Source code file for FB scheme:


Source code file for DBM scheme:


Enable the HDMI TX feature in the configuration file. The configuration file is located in the SDK's syna-release/configs/product/vs680_a0_android_baseline_evk/vs680_a0_android_baseline_evk_defconfig,with the following configuration:

Bpi-m6 hdmi tx software configuration.png

Enable HDCP

 test_disp enable/disable hdcp
 test_disp setVersion 1 //set hdcp 1.4
 test_disp setVersion 2 //set hdcp 2.2

Resolution Configuration

Supported standards: CEA-861-E video format

Supported resolutions:

  • 3840x2160p60Hz/30Hz//24Hz
  • 1920x1200@60hz
  • 1920x1080p@60
  • 1280x700p@60

Configure resolution and format on the command line:

test_disp setformat[Display ID] [Resolution ID] [BitDepth] [Color fmt] [Aspect Ratio][tgID][vout_mode]


 test_disp setformat 0 64 2 0


WiFi & BT

There are two ways to use WiFi & BT.

Purchase BPI-M6 CSI · WiFi accessories. Insert it into the M.2 Key E interface, and then insert a network card on the accessories.

WiFi&BT accessories using USB interface.


You can purchase BPI-M6 CSI · WiFi accessories.There are two CSI interfaces above.