ALLWINNER H5 POWERED NANOPI NEO2 BLACK SBC FOCUSES ON HEADLESS APPLICATIONS

NanoPi NEO2 also known as NanoPi NEO2-LTS from FriendlyELEC is a small SBC powered by Allwinner H5 SoC with an ARM Mali-450MP GPU. It is intended for server/headless applications with Ethernet & USB ports, as well as I/O headers.

FriendlyELEC launched yet another variant called NanoPi NEO2 Black with the same form factor and Allwinenr H5 64-bit Arm SoC. Only upgrading the eMMC flash module and supporting up to 1GB RAM. There are also small alterations to the I/O headers, and featuring a black PCB instead of the blue PCB found in NEO2-LTS.

Headless applications mean the system runs without a graphical user interface (GUI). Most frequently headless applications are command-line applications or applications that are interfaced with a programming language. Especially in the professional IT world, command-line user interfaces are also common – mostly, because they can be used on servers and local PCs with a screen alike, and they are much easier to automate than GUIs.

NanoPi NEO2 Black SBC specifications:-

  • SoC – Allwinner H5 quad-core Cortex A53 processor with an ARM Mali-450MP GPU
  • Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – MicroSD card slot, eMMC flash module connector
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet RTL8211E-VB-CG
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB OTG port, 1x USB via headers
  • Expansion headers –
    • 10-pin header with I2C, UART, GPIOs, and power signals (5V in/out + GND)
    • 6-pin header with 1x USB, Line Out (stereo), 1x GPIO
  • Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port or VDD pin on headers.
  • Dimensions – 40 x 40 mm
  • Weight – 16 grams
  • Misc – Power and system LEDs

The new NanoPi NEO2 Black is compatible with Ubuntu 18.04 (FriendlyCore) and OpenWrt (FriendlyWrt)Armbian is also supported by this board.

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