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Banana pi $29.99 computer
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don570


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PostPosted: Thu 24 Apr 2014, 19:10    Post subject:  Banana pi $29.99 computer
Subject description: low cost computer
 

EDIT: They are claiming a target price of $29.99 US now


There's a new attempt to start an open source project in China
to make low cost computers using AllWinner A20 processor.

$49 plus shipping at http://www.alibaba.com

http://www.lemaker.org/
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Banana Pi has officially started selling on the Internet, the majority of developers, players and users can go to online stores to buy the latest version Banana Pi product.

Banana Pi is a new generation single-board computers, following the open source hardware world trend, to provide customers with a powerful hardware platform. It equips with Allwinner Tech A20 dual-core SOC, 1GB DDR3 SDRAM, built-in Gigabit Ethernet, a HDMI interface and other powerful hardware configuration. You can view the specific characteristics of Banana Pi on official web page (http://www.lemaker.org). It can run Raspberry Pi, Cubieboard, Android, Android 4.4 operating systems perfectly. Reserve multiple extended interface, full compatible with Raspberry Pi. In the future, Banana Pi would expand to develop Scratch.

If in doubt, you can send an email to: bananapi@lemaker.org or visit the official forum http://forum.lemaker.org/ for discussion.

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PostPosted: Fri 25 Apr 2014, 00:36    Post subject:  

The price is US $54.15 / piece on AliExpress, including shipping.

The CPU is the same as Cubieboard2 (A20), so it may run FatdogARM, too.
I already bought Cubie. It is great, but this one is cheaper Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon 28 Apr 2014, 19:43    Post subject:  

The first review of banana pi

http://raspi.tv/2014/banana-pi-review-first-impressions

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don570


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PostPosted: Thu 08 May 2014, 17:41    Post subject:  

First review of banana pi on Youtube.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5pOiAMnUnw

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PostPosted: Sat 10 May 2014, 01:36    Post subject:  

cool I want one now
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PostPosted: Thu 12 Jun 2014, 14:48    Post subject:  

The banana pi people have announced that they are sold out of
boards but they have put in a large order of boards from
a factory (obviously in China).

Apparently they want to compete head to head with the
Raspberry pi foundation. They have Allwinner backing them
so they should be taken seriously.

They are claiming on their site that they will have a target price
of $29.99 + taxes + shipping costs

New site
http://www.bananapi.org/

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PostPosted: Fri 13 Jun 2014, 09:46    Post subject:  

Actually, as I see it, the real competition is between the Banana Pi and the Hummingboard. That is, once they finally decide to put the Hummingboard on the market.

http://imx.solid-run.com/wiki/index.php?title=HummingBoard_Hardware
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PostPosted: Sat 14 Jun 2014, 13:58    Post subject:  

I doubt that the hummingbird will fly. Pun intended. Laughing
It has no track record of low-cost manufacture.
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Sylvander

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PostPosted: Sat 14 Jun 2014, 14:45    Post subject:  

I'm in the UK.
How/where best to buy one?
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don570


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PostPosted: Sat 14 Jun 2014, 15:05    Post subject:  

Quite a few distributors seem interested in stocking it
similar to raspberry pi.

But check for the price on http://www.alibaba.com
which is China's big mail-order house.

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PostPosted: Mon 16 Jun 2014, 17:43    Post subject: USD52  

Right now it is priced USD52 (free shipping) at aliexpress.com.
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PostPosted: Mon 16 Jun 2014, 19:32    Post subject:  

It will take a couple of months for a stable price to be established.
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PostPosted: Sat 21 Jun 2014, 15:40    Post subject:  

Power supply consumption was posted. If there is no hard drive it
stayed under 300ma which is good. Cool
A very cheap power supply would be possible, perhaps just a cable
to another computer's USB port.

A computer USB port is capable of supplying 500ma.
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I noticed this post at the banana pi forum.
It may be a little optimistic. Laughing
Quote:

Morgan Fitzgibbon
Jun 20
Does anyone know of a European Supplier for Banana PI?
Thanks
michaeljc...@gmail.com
05:33 (10 hours ago)
Yes you can get them from www.thepidish.co.uk
They say they will be in stock early next week


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The Chinese government gives some support to open source projects
and banana pi is one of them
Quote:

SIAT to provide space to the Banana Pi Development Team
Being open and committed to helping the community with educational development has always been the principle that LeMaker & the Banana Pi team adhere to. Given that, SIAT (Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, http://english.siat.cas.cn/) has decided recently to provide space for Banana Pi’s further growth and is willing to offer technical support for the Banana Pi team. SIAT hopes that Banana Pi can make a success of their open source hardware project and popularize Scratch through the Banana Pi product from which more young people will benefit. Banana Pi always feels obliged to take social responsibility and make contributions to education and public welfare. As such Banana Pi fights for a better product to fire young people's imagination and encourage them to fulfill their full potential.

From now on, Banana Pi’s base will be in SIAT campus, Shenzhen
E-mail: bananapi@lemaker.org
Address: A1002, SIAT campus, Shenzhen University Town, Shenzhen, China
Postal code: 518055
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PostPosted: Sun 22 Jun 2014, 13:26    Post subject:  

It would help a lot if Allwinner open sources (or at least provides a documentation) for their VPU hardware. Everybody's doing ARM these days, it is the "extra" part of the SoC that makes the difference (like the VPU or GPU, but especially the VPU). A20's CPU is rather weak, even compared to A10 (A10 has Cortex-A8, while A20 has Cortex-A7, the rest of the competition is pumping out Cortex-A9 which is better than both A8/A7).

Btw, responding to this thread makes me remember about nooby Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Mon 23 Jun 2014, 20:32    Post subject:  

http://forum.lemaker.org/viewthread.php?tid=782&extra=page%3D1

These are some pictures of the factory that is making the banana pi board.
It looks very crowded and low-cost. That's how they are keeping the cost down.

The pictures were taken only a few days ago so expect deliveries to
begin in a few days.

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