NanoPi NEO Plus2

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1 Introduction

Overview
Front
Back
  • The NanoPi NEO Plus2 is another Allwinner based ARM board developed by FriendlyElec. It uses Allwinner's 64-bit quad-core A53 SoC with hexa-core Mali450 GPU and features 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB eMMC.
  • With a small size of only 40 x 52mm the NanoPi NEO Plus2 has rich on-board resources: AP6212 WiFi & Bluetooth module, Gbps Ethernet and two USB hosts. It supports system-boot from a MicroSD card.
  • The NanoPi NEO Plus2 has a carefully designed power system and 6-layer PCB layout. These features enhance the board's heat dissipation.
  • The NanoPi NEO Plus2 meets popular IOT applications requirements for small size, high-speed and large throughput data transmission and high performance computing.

2 Hardware Spec

  • CPU: Allwinner H5,Quad-core 64-bit high-performance Cortex A53
  • DDR3 RAM:1GB
  • Storage: 8GB eMMC
  • Network: Gbps Ethernet
  • WiFi: 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: 4.0 dual mode
  • USB Host: 2 x Independent USB Host
  • MicroSD Slot: 1 x Slot. It supports system booting or is used to hold a storage card
  • Audio Input/Output: 4-Pin, 2.54mm pitch pin-header
  • MicroUSB: power input
  • Debug Serial: 4Pin, 2.54mm pitch pin-header
  • GPIO1:24Pin, 2.54mm pitch double-row pin-header containing UART, SPI, I2C and IO
  • GPIO2:12Pin, 2.54mm pitch pin-header containing USB, IR receiver,I2S and IO
  • Power Supply: DC 5V/2A
  • PCB Dimension: 40 x 52mm
  • PCB Layer: 6-Layer

3 Software Features

3.1 UbuntuCore

  • mainline kernel: Linux-4.14
  • UbuntuCore 16.04
  • 64-bit OS
  • supports FriendlyElec’s BakeBit Kit
  • supports FriendlyElec’s NanoHAT OLED
  • pre-installed FriendlyElec’s NanoHAT Motor Python Library
  • pre-installed WiringPi for GPIO access
  • pre-installed RPi.GPIO for GPIO access
  • npi-config: system configuration utility for setting passwords, language, timezone, hostname, SSH and auto-login.
  • networkmanager: a network utility to manage networking
  • auto-login with user account "pi" with access to npi-config
  • supports Gbps Ethernet
  • supports WiFi and Bluetooth
  • supports FriendlyElec's FA-CAM202 USB camera
  • supports audio recording and playing

3.2 Debian for NAS Dock

  • supports FriendlyElec’s NAS Dock
  • pre-installed OpenMediaVault

4 Diagram, Layout and Dimension

4.1 Layout

NanoPi NEO Plus2 Layout
pinout
  • GPIO Pin Description
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
  • USB/Audio/IR Pin Description
NanoPi NEO Plus2
Pin# Name Description
1 VDD_5V 5V Power Out
2 USB-DP1 USB1 DP Signal
3 USB-DM1 USB1 DM Signal
4 USB-DP2 USB2 DP Signal
5 USB-DM2 USB2 DM Signal
6 GPIOL11 / IR-RX GPIOL11 or IR Receive
7 SPDIF-OUT / GPIOA17 GPIOA17 or SPDIF-OUT
8 PCM0_SYNC / I2S0_LRC I2S / PCM Sample Rate Clock/Sync
9 PCM0_CLK / I2S0_BCK I2S / PCM Sample Rate Clock
10 PCM0_DOUT / I2S0_SDOUT I2S / PCM Serial Data Output
11 PCM0_DIN / I2S0_SDIN I2S / PCM Serial Data Input
12 GND 0V
  • Audio
Pin# Name Description
1 LINEOUTL LINE-OUT Left Channel Output
2 LINEOUTR LINE-OUT Right Channel Output
3 MICIN1N Microphone Negative Input
4 MICIN1P Microphone Positive Input
  • Debug Port(UART0)
DBG_UART
Pin# Name
1 GND
2 VDD_5V
3 UART_TXD0 / GPIOA4
4 UART_RXD0 / GPIOA5 / PWM0
Note:
  1. SYS_3.3V: 3.3V power output
  2. VVDD_5V: 5V power input/output. The input range is 4.7V ~ 5.6V
  3. All pins are 3.3V, output current is 5mA
  4. For more details refer to the document: NanoPi-NEO-Plus2-v1.1-1805-Schematic.pdf

4.2 Dimensional Diagram

NanoPi-NEO-Plus2-1704-dimensions.png

For more details refer to: [Dimensions_NanoPi-NEO-Plus2-v1.1-1805]

5 Software Features

FriendlyCore System
Cross-Compiler
  • gcc-linaro-6.3.1-2017.02-x86_64_aarch64-linux-gnu
  • it applies to 64-bit Armv8 Cortex-A, little-endian architechture. FriendlyElec uses it for its H5 based boards.
U-boot-2017.11
  • It can recognize a FriendlyElec's H5 based board and load its dtb file accordingly.
  • It optimizes memory settings.
  • It supports voltage regulation IC sy8106a and applies only to NanoPi K1 Plus/NanoPi NEO Core2.
  • It supports MAC generation from H5's CPU ID.
  • It supports system booting from either SD card or eMMC and can automatically load the kernel from the booting device.
Linux-4.14
  • It supports LED. You can access it via "/sys/class/leds".
  • It supports GPIO. You can access it via "/sys/class/gpio/".
  • It supports UART0/1/2/3. You can access it via "/dev/ttySX".
  • It supports I2C0. You can access it via "/dev/i2c-X".
  • It supports PWM0. You can access it via "/sys/class/pwm/". The UART0 pin is multiplexed.
  • It supports I2S0. It works together with PCM5102A codec. The I2C1 pin is multiplexed.
  • It supports Watchdog. You can access it via "/dev/watchX".
  • It can read a CPU ID. You can access it via "/sys/bus/nvmem/devices/sunxi-sid0/nvmem".
  • It supports IR Receiver. You need to connect an IR receiver to the board.
  • It supports dynamic CPU voltage regulation.
  • It supports USB Host0/1/2/3.
  • It supports TF Card.
  • It supports eMMC.
  • It supports 1000M Ethernet.
  • It supports H5's internal Codec and supports voice playing and recording.
  • It supports USB Camera(CAM202).
  • It supports popular USB WiFi Adapters.
  • It supports popular USB Ethernet Adapters.
  • It supports popular USB Serial Converters.
  • It supports popular USB Sound Cards.
  • It supports FriendlyElec's NanoHat PCM5102A.
File System
  • Based on UbuntuCore-16.04, it has original UbuntuCore features.
  • It has popular utilties:VIM/Nano/SSHserver and etc.
  • It has Qt-Embedded-4.8 and suitable for rapid product prototyping which needs a GUI.
  • It has a network management utility "NetworkManager" which can automatically detect and connect to a network. For more details refer to: NetworkManager
  • It has a commandline utility "npi-config" which can be used to set a user password, language, timezone, Hostname, SSH enable/disable, auto-login, hardware interface and etc. For more details refer to Npi-config
  • It expands the file system on the first system boot.
  • It supports file system auto-repair on system boot.
  • It supports 512MB's swap.
  • It supports WiringNP which functions like Arduino's API and can be used to access NanoPi boards' gpio/i2c/spi and etc. For more details refer to: WiringNP
  • It supports FriendlyElec's BakeBit which is a set of sensor modules including hardware components(such as NanoHat Hub extension board) and software (such as BakeBit). For more details refer to BakeBit .
  • It supports RPi.GPIO which can be used to access NanoPi boards' gpio with Python. For more details refer to RPi.GPIO.
eFlasher system
Cross-Compiler
  • gcc-linaro-6.3.1-2017.02-x86_64_aarch64-linux-gnu
  • it applies to 64-bit Armv8 Cortex-A, little-endian architechture. FriendlyElec uses it for its H5 based boards.
U-boot-2017.11
  • Same as FriendlyCore
Linux-4.14
  • Same as FriendlyCore
File System
  • Based on UbuntuCore-16.04, it has original UbuntuCore features.
  • It has an eFlasher utility with GUI, which is set to auto-run on system startup. For more details refer to EFlasher.
  • It has an eFlasher commandline utility.
  • It supports multiple OS options.
  • It shows system installation process bar.
  • It supports data backup from and restoration to eMMC.
  • It can detect image files located on the root directory of an external storage device(e.g. USB disk).


6 Get Started

6.1 Essentials You Need

Before starting to use your NanoPi NEO Plus2 get the following items ready:

  • NanoPi NEO Plus2
  • microSD Card/TFCard: Class 10 or Above, minimum 8GB SDHC
  • microUSB power. A 5V/2A power is a must
  • A Host computer running Ubuntu 16.04 64 bit system

6.2 TF Cards We Tested

To make your NanoPi NEO Plus2 boot and run fast we highly recommend you use a Class10 8GB SDHC TF card or a better one. The following cards are what we used in all our test cases presented here:

  • SanDisk TF 8G Class10 Micro/SD TF card:

SanDisk MicroSD 8G

  • SanDisk TF128G MicroSDXC TF 128G Class10 48MB/S:

SanDisk MicroSD 128G

  • 川宇 8G C10 High Speed class10 micro SD card:

chuanyu MicroSD 8G

6.3 Install OS

6.3.1 Get Image Files

Visit this link download link to download image files(under the "official-ROMs" directory) and the flashing utility(under the "tools" directory):

Image Files:
nanopi-neo-plus2_sd_friendlycore-xenial_4.14_armhf_YYYYMMDD.img.zip FriendlyCore (base on UbuntuCore) Image File, kernel:Linux-4.14
nanopi-neo-plus2_eflasher_friendlycore-xenial_4.14_arm64_YYYYMMDD.img.zip eflasher image, for flashing FriendlyCore(Linux-4.14) to eMMC
Flash Utility:
win32diskimager.rar Windows utility for flashing Debian image. Under Linux users can use "dd"

6.3.2 Linux

6.3.2.1 Boot from TF
  • FriendlyCore / Debian / Ubuntu are all based on a same Linux distribution and their installation methods are the same.
  • Extract the Linux image and win32diskimager.rar files. Insert a TF card(at least 8G) into a Windows PC and run the win32diskimager utility as administrator. On the utility's main window select your TF card's drive, the wanted image file and click on "write" to start flashing the TF card.
  • Insert this card into your board's BOOT slot and power on (with a 5V/2A power source). If the PWR LED is on and the STAT LED is blinking this indicates your board has successfully booted.
6.3.2.2 Boot from eMMC
6.3.2.2.1 Flash OS with eflasher Utility
  • For more details about eflasher refer to the wiki link: EFlasher
  • Extract the eflasher Image and win32diskimager.rar files. Insert a TF card(at least 4G) into a Windows PC and run the win32diskimager utility as administrator. On the utility's main window select your TF card's drive, the wanted image file and click on "write" to start flashing the TF card.
  • Insert this card into your board's BOOT slot and power on (with a 5V/2A power source). If the green LED is on and the blue LED is blinking this indicates your board has successfully booted.
  • If your board doesn't support HDMI or no monitor is connected you can select an OS by running the following command:
$ su root
$ eflasher

The password for "root" is "fa".Type a number and enter to select an OS, then type "yes" and enter to start installation:
eflasher-console
After installation is done shutdown the system, take out the TF card, power on your board again and it will boot from eMMC.

  • If you want to flash other OS image to eMMC download the whole directory "images-for-eflasher" in the CD and extract the packages in the directory to the "FRIENDLYARM" section in your SD card.

7 Work with FriendlyCore

7.1 Introduction

FriendlyCore is a light Linux system without X-windows, based on ubuntu core, It uses the Qt-Embedded's GUI and is popular in industrial and enterprise applications.

Besides the regular Ubuntu core's features our FriendlyCore has the following additional features:

  • it supports our LCDs with both capacitive touch and resistive touch(S700, X710, HD702, S430, HD101 and S70)
  • it supports WiFi
  • it supports Ethernet
  • it supports Bluetooth and has been installed with bluez utilities
  • it supports audio playing
  • it supports Qt 5.10.0 EGLES and OpenGL ES1.1/2.0 (Only for S5P4418/S5P6818)

7.2 FriendlyCore's User Accounts

  • If your board is connected to an HDMI monitor you need to use a USB mouse and keyboard.
  • If you want to do kernel development you need to use a serial communication board, ie a PSU-ONECOM board, which will

allow you to operate the board via a serial terminal.Here is a setup where we connect a board to a PC via the PSU-ONECOM and you can power on your board from either the PSU-ONECOM or its MicroUSB: PSU-ONECOM-NEO-Plus2.jpg
You can use a USB to Serial conversion board too.
Make sure you use a 5V/2A power to power your board from its MicroUSB port:
USB2UART-NEO-Plus2.jpg

  • FriendlyCore User Accounts:

Non-root User:

   User Name: pi
   Password: pi

Root:

   User Name: root
   Password: fa

The system is automatically logged in as "pi". You can do "sudo npi-config" to disable auto login.

  • Update packages
$ sudo apt-get update

7.3 Configure System with npi-config

The npi-config is a commandline utility which can be used to initialize system configurations such as user password, system language, time zone, Hostname, SSH switch , Auto login and etc. Type the following command to run this utility.

$ sudo npi-config

Here is how npi-config's GUI looks like:
npi-config

7.4 Develop Qt Application

Please refer to: How to Build and Install Qt Application for FriendlyELEC Boards

7.5 Setup Program to AutoRun

You can setup a program to autorun on system boot with npi-config:

sudo npi-config

Go to Boot Options -> Autologin -> Qt/Embedded, select Enable and reboot.

7.6 Extend TF Card's Section

When FriendlyCore is loaded the TF card's section will be automatically extended.You can check the section's size by running the following command:

$ df -h

7.7 WiFi

For either an SD WiFi or a USB WiFi you can connect it to your board in the same way. The APXX series WiFi chips are SD WiFi chips. By default FriendlyElec's system supports most popular USB WiFi modules. Here is a list of the USB WiFi modules we tested:

Index Model
1 RTL8188CUS/8188EU 802.11n WLAN Adapter
2 RT2070 Wireless Adapter
3 RT2870/RT3070 Wireless Adapter
4 RTL8192CU Wireless Adapter
5 mi WiFi mt7601

You can use the NetworkManager utility to manage network. You can run "nmcli" in the commandline utility to start it. Here are the commands to start a WiFi connection:

  • Change to root
$ su root
  • Check device list
$ nmcli dev

Note: if the status of a device is "unmanaged" it means that device cannot be accessed by NetworkManager. To make it accessed you need to clear the settings under "/etc/network/interfaces" and reboot your system.

  • Start WiFi
$ nmcli r wifi on
  • Scan Surrounding WiFi Sources
$ nmcli dev wifi
  • Connect to a WiFi Source
$ nmcli dev wifi connect "SSID" password "PASSWORD" ifname wlan0

The "SSID" and "PASSWORD" need to be replaced with your actual SSID and password.If you have multiple WiFi devices you need to specify the one you want to connect to a WiFi source with iface
If a connection succeeds it will be automatically setup on next system reboot.

For more details about NetworkManager refer to this link: Use NetworkManager to configure network settings

If your USB WiFi module doesn't work most likely your system doesn't have its driver. For a Debian system you can get a driver from Debian-WiFi and install it on your system. For a Ubuntu system you can install a driver by running the following commands:

$ apt-get install linux-firmware

In general all WiFi drivers are located at the "/lib/firmware" directory.

7.8 Setup Wi-Fi Hotspot

Run the following command to enter AP mode:

$ su root
$ turn-wifi-into-apmode yes

You will be prompted to type your WiFi hotspot's name and password and then proceed with default prompts.
After this is done you will be able to find this hotspot in a neadby cell phone or PC. You can login to this board at 192.168.8.1:

$ ssh root@192.168.8.1

When asked to type a password you can type "fa".

To speed up your ssh login you can turn off your wifi by running the following command:

$ iwconfig wlan0 power off

To switch back to Station mode run the following command:

$ turn-wifi-into-apmode no

7.9 Bluetooth

Search for surrounding bluetooth devices by running the following command:

$ su root
$ hciconfig hci0 up
$ hcitool scan

You can run "hciconfig" to check bluetooth's status.

7.10 Ethernet Connection

If a board is connected to a network via Ethernet before it is powered on it will automatically obtain an IP with DHCP activated after it is powered up. If you want to set up a static IP refer to: Use NetworkManager to configure network settings

7.11 WiringPi and Python Wrapper

7.12 Set Audio Device

If your system has multiple audio devices such as HDMI-Audio, 3.5mm audio jack and I2S-Codec you can set system's default audio device by running the following commands.

  • After your board is booted run the following commands to install alsa packages:
$ apt-get update
$ apt-get install libasound2
$ apt-get install alsa-base
$ apt-get install alsa-utils
  • After installation is done you can list all the audio devices by running the following command. Here is a similar list you may see after you run the command:
$ aplay -l
card 0: HDMI
card 1: 3.5mm codec
card 2: I2S codec

"card 0" is HDMI-Audio, "card 1" is 3.5mm audio jack and "card 2" is I2S-Codec. You can set default audio device to HDMI-Audio by changing the "/etc/asound.conf" file as follows:

pcm.!default {
    type hw
    card 0
    device 0
}
 
ctl.!default {
    type hw
    card 0
}

If you change "card 0" to "card 1" the 3.5mm audio jack will be set to the default device.
Copy a .wav file to your board and test it by running the following command:

$ aplay /root/Music/test.wav

You will hear sounds from system's default audio device.
If you are using H3/H5/H2+ series board with mainline kernel, the easier way is using npi-config


7.13 Connect to USB Camera(FA-CAM202)

The FA-CAM202 is a 200M USB camera. You can refer to <Connect DVP Camera (CAM500B) to Board> on how to connect a USB camera to a board.
You need to change the start.sh script and make sure it uses a correct /dev/videoX node. You can check your FA-CAM202's node by running the following commands:

$ apt-get install v4l-utils
$ v4l2-ctl -d /dev/video1 -D
Driver Info (not using libv4l2):
        Driver name   : uvcvideo
        Card type     : HC 3358+2100: HC 3358+2100
        Bus info      : usb-1c1b000.usb-1
	...

Information above indicates that /dev/video1 is the device node of the FA-CAM 202.

7.14 Check CPU's Working Temperature

You can get CPU's working temperature by running the following command:

$ cpu_freq
CPU0 online=1 temp=26581 governor=ondemand cur_freq=480000
CPU1 online=1 temp=26581 governor=ondemand cur_freq=480000
CPU2 online=1 temp=26581 governor=ondemand cur_freq=480000
CPU3 online=1 temp=26581 governor=ondemand cur_freq=480000

This message means there are currently four CPUs working. All of their working temperature is 26.5 degree in Celsius and each one's clock is 480MHz.

7.15 Test Watchdog

You can test watchdog by running the following commands:

$ cd /root/demo/watchdog/
$ gcc watchdog_demo.c -o watchdog_demo
$ ./watchdog_demo /dev/watchdog0 10
Set timeout: 10 seconds
Get timeout: 10 seconds
System will reboot in 10 second

System will reboot in 10 seconds.

7.16 Test Infrared Receiver

Note: Please Check your board if IR receiver exist.
By default the infrared function is disabled you can enable it by using the npi-config utility:

$ npi-config
    6 Advanced Options     Configure advanced settings
        A8 IR              Enable/Disable IR
            ir Enable/Disable ir[enabled]

Reboot your system and test its infrared function by running the following commands:

$ apt-get install ir-keytable
$ echo "+rc-5 +nec +rc-6 +jvc +sony +rc-5-sz +sanyo +sharp +mce_kbd +xmp" > /sys/class/rc/rc0/protocols   # Enable infrared
$ ir-keytable -t
Testing events. Please, press CTRL-C to abort.

"ir-keytable -t" is used to check whether the receiver receives infrared signals. You can use a remote control to send infrared signals to the receiver. If it works you will see similar messages as follows:

1522404275.767215: event type EV_MSC(0x04): scancode = 0xe0e43
1522404275.767215: event type EV_SYN(0x00).
1522404278.911267: event type EV_MSC(0x04): scancode = 0xe0e42
1522404278.911267: event type EV_SYN(0x00).

7.17 Read CHIP ID

As for Allwinner H2+/H3/H5/ SoCs each of these CPUs has an internal 16-btye CHIP ID which can be read by running the following commands in the Linux-4.14 kernel:

$ apt-get install bsdmainutils
$ hexdump /sys/bus/nvmem/devices/sunxi-sid0/nvmem 
0000000 8082 0447 0064 04c3 3650 ce0a 1e28 2202
0000010 0002 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
0000020 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
0000030 0000 0008 0508 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
0000040 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000

"8082 0447 0064 04c3 3650 ce0a 1e28 2202" is the 16-byte CHIP ID.

7.18 Access GPIO Pins/Wirings with WiringNP

The wiringPi library was initially developed by Gordon Henderson in C. It contains libraries to access GPIO, I2C, SPI, UART, PWM and etc. The wiringPi library contains various libraries, header files and a commandline utility:gpio. The gpio utility can be used to read and write GPIO pins.
FriendlyElec integrated this utility in FriendlyCore system allowing users to easily access GPIO pins. For more details refer to WiringNP WiringNP

7.19 Run Qt Demo

Run the following command

$ sudo /opt/QtE-Demo/run.sh

Here is what you expect to observe. This is an open source Qt Demo:
K2-QtE

7.20 Record and Play Audio File

The NanoPi NEO Plus2 has an audio interface: 2.54mm pitch 4-pin pin-header:

Pin# Name Description
1 LINEOUTL LINE-OUT Left Channel Output
2 LINEOUTR LINE-OUT Right Channel Output
3 MICIN1N Microphone Negative Input
4 MICIN1P Microphone Positive Input

Here is a hardware setup for connecting an audio device to a NanoPi NEO Plus2:
耳麦标注
Make sure an audio device is connected to your NEO Plus2 and then you can test audio recording and playing by running the following commands.
Check audio devices:

$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: audiocodec [audiocodec], device 0: SUNXI-CODEC sun50iw2codec-0 []
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

Play Audio Files:

$ aplay /root/Music/test.wav -D plughw:0

参数-D plughw:0表示使用设备card 0,请根据aplay -l的实际打印信息选择正确的card设备。
Record Audio:

$ arecord -f cd -d 5 test.wav

8 Make Your Own FriendlyCore

8.1 Use Mainline BSP

The NanoPi NEO Plus2 has gotten support for a 64-bit kernel: Linux-4.14 with Ubuntu Core 16.04. For more details about how to use mainline u-boot and Linux-4.14 refer to :Mainline U-boot & Linux

9 Resources

9.1 Schematics and Datasheets

10 List of Version Differences

  • NanoPi NEO Plus2 Version Compare & List(Hardware)
version NanoPi NEO Plus2 V1.0 1704 NanoPi NEO Plus2 V1.1 1805
Photo
NanoPi NEO Plus2-V1.0.jpg
NanoPi NEO Plus2-V1.1.jpg
Audio Interface ①NEO Plus2 v1.0's audio interface is 5Pin,2.0mm pitch pin header
① NEO Plus2 v1.1's audio interface is 4Pin,2.54mm pitch pin header

11 Update Log

11.1 May-30-2017

  • Released English Version