NanoPi NEO Core2

The NanoPi NEO Core2 as its name tells is an alternative NanoPi NEO2 that works like a CPU board with male pin-headers. It has the same form facotor as the NanoPi NEO2, same pin descriptions and works with all the OS images the NanoPi NEO2 supports. The connectors and ports on the NEO2 are populated to pin-headers on the NEO2 Core. In addition the NEO Core2 can have an optional onboard eMMC flash and ESD protection for connectors and ports. There features are highly preferred by industrial customers.
The NEO2 Core uses a popular Allwinner H5 SoC and has onboard 1G DDR3 RAM. FriendlyElec offers models with three eMMC options: 8GB(default)/16GB/32GB. FriendlyElec migrated UbuntuCore with mainline kernel 4.11 for it. It works with other OS such as Armbian as well. Compared to the NanoPi NEO2 the NanoPi NEO Core2 runs more reliably with much less overheat. It is a good platform for IoT applications, mornitoring systems, smart control systems, cluster computing and AI applications.
FriendlyElec develops a Mini Shield for NanoPi NEO Core/Core2 which has the same form factor as the RPi 3. When a NanoPi NEO Core2 is connected to this Mini Shield the whole assembled module can be well fit into a common RPi 3's case.
Link to purchase:NanoPi NEO Core2

  • CPU: Allwinner H5, Quad-core 64-bit high-performance Cortex A53
  • DDR3 RAM: 512MB/1GB
  • Storage: 8GB/16GB/32GB eMMC
  • Connectivity: 10/100/1000M Ethernet utilizing RTL8211E-VB-CG
  • USB Host x 3(included in 2.54mm pitch pin header)
  • MicroSD Slot x 1
  • LED: x 2, one for power status and the other for system status
  • GPIO1: 2.54mm pitch 12 x 2 pin header containing UART, SPI, I2C, GPIO and etc
  • GPIO2: 2.54mm pitch 24 pin header containing SPI, IR, I2S, USB, serial debug port, audio and etc
  • GPIO3: 2.54mm pitch 20 pin header containing USB, Gbps Ethernet, I2C and etc
  • PCB Size: 40 x 40mm
  • MicroUSB: OTG and power input
  • OS/Software: u-boot,Ubuntu Core
  • Weight: xxg(Without Pin-headers)
Board Views and Diagram
Vertical View (Front)
Vertical View (Back)
Board Dimension
Applications of NanoPi NEO Core2
Boot OS from TF Card
Diagram, Layout and Dimension

GPIO Pin Spec

Pin# Name Linux gpio Pin# Name Linux gpio
1 SYS_3.3V 2 VDD_5V
3 I2C0_SDA / GPIOA12 12 4 VDD_5V
5 I2C0_SCL / GPIOA11 11 6 GND
7 GPIOG11 203 8 UART1_TX / GPIOG6 198
9 GND 10 UART1_RX / GPIOG7 199
11 UART2_TX / GPIOA0 0 12 GPIOA6 6
13 UART2_RTS / GPIOA2 2 14 GND
15 UART2_CTS / GPIOA3 3 16 UART1_RTS / GPIOG8 200
17 SYS_3.3V 18 UART1_CTS / GPIOG9 201
19 SPI0_MOSI / GPIOC0 64 20 GND
21 SPI0_MISO / GPIOC1 65 22 UART2_RX / GPIOA1 1
23 SPI0_CLK / GPIOC2 66 24 SPI0_CS / GPIOC3 67

GPIO2 Pin Description

Pin# Name Description Pin# Name Description
3 USB-DM1 USB1 DM Signal 6 CLK1 SPI1-CLK
4 USB-DP2 USB2 DP Signal 8 CS1 SPI1-CS
5 USB-DM2 USB2 DM Signal 10 MP Microphone Positive Input
6 GPIOL11 / IR-RX GPIOL11 or IR Receive 12 MN Microphone Negative Input
7 SPDIF-OUT / GPIOA17 GPIOA17 or SPDIF-OUT 14 LR LINE-OUT Right Channel Output
8 PCM0_SYNC / I2S0_LRCK/I2C1_SCL I2S/PCM Sample Rate Clock/Sync 16 LL LINE-OUT Left Channel Output
9 PCM0_CLK / I2S0_BCK/I2C1_SDA I2S/PCM Sample Rate Clock 18 RXD UART_RXD0/GPIOA5/PWM0
10 PCM0_DOUT / I2S0_SDOUT I2S/PCM Serial Bata Output 20 TXD UART_TXD0/GPIOA4
11 PCM0_DIN / I2S0_SDIN I2S/PCM Serial Data Input 22 VDD_5V
12 GND 0V 24 GND 0V

GPIO3 Pin Description

Pin# Name Description Pin# Name Description
1 LINK-LED Ethernet Link LED 2 SPEED-LED Ethernet Speed LED
2 TRD1+ Ethernet TRD1+ Signal 4 TRD1- Ethernet TRD1- Signal
3 TRD2+ Ethernet TRD2+ Signal 6 TRD2- Ethernet TRD2- Signal
4 TRD3+ Ethernet TRD3+ Signal 8 TRD3- Ethernet TRD3- Signal
5 TRD4+ Ethernet TRD4+ Signal 10 TRD4- Ethernet TRD4- Signal
6 GND 0V 12 GND 0V
8 USB-DM2 I2S/PCM Sample Rate Clock/Sync 16 I2C2-SDA
9 VDD_5V 5V Power Out 18 I2C2-SCL
10 VDD_5V 5V Power Out 20 VDD_3.3V 3.3V Power Outt
  1. SYS_3.3V: 3.3V power output
  2. VVDD_5V: 5V power input/output. When the external device’s power is greater than the MicroUSB's the external device is charging the board otherwise the board powers the external device. The input range is 4.7V ~ 5.6V
  3. All pins are 3.3V, output current is 5mA
  4. For more details refer to its schematic: NanoPi NEO Core2-1707-Schematic.pdf

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