Recently we have received a Raspberry Pi compatible board from Lemaker named Banana Pi. And even though Navio’s main supported board is Raspberry Pi, it is good when there are alternatives that can provide additional capabilities for advanced users.
Banana Pi has a great ratio of performance and price. Being just a little bit more expensive than Raspberry Pi it is much more snappier – it’s got 4x times more MIPS. It also provides extended connectivity capabilities: gigabit ethernet, IR receiver, SATA port.
Lemaker team made a great work for making Banana Pi compatible with Raspberry Pi as much as possible – you can run Raspbian distribution, work with I2C and SPI peripherals, use ported libraries like RPi.GPIO and WiringPI. Working with Banana Pi feels very familiar.
We tested our Navio shield with Banana Pi and here are the results: