By: +David Herron; Date: February 21, 2019
The key to this combination is that the NanoPi M4 includes a PCIe header. The new HAT plugs into that header, and contains four sockets for SATA cables.
To assemble a complete system one must arrange for the following:
- NanoPi M4 and the SATA HAT
- Suitable case to contain the two, plus up-to-four SATA drives
- Suitable power supply for the NanoPi M4 and SATA board -- The SATA board takes a 12v supply, and it's not clear whether its 5v DC/DC will power the NanoPi M4
As for the case for the SATA drives, there are several cases available that have multiple eSATA ports. It should be possible to attach the NanoPi M4 to such a case, and perhaps power it from the case. For some options see Network Attached or Direct Attach Storage
The SATA ports on the HAT are rated to handle as much as 6 Gbps. It will be interesting to learn whether an actual system built with this can run at that speed.
FriendlyElec has many operating system images available including an OpenMediaVault build.
This posting will be updated if/when I follow through to learn more.
The four SATA ports supports rates as high as 6 Gbps. There is a 4-pin power connector, and a barrel jack for a 12 volt power supply, and on the board there is a 12v to 5v DC/DC power supply. To round off the board, there is a connector to power a 12v fan.
The NanoPi M4 40-pin connector appears to pass through allowing it to still be used for other purposes.
FriendlyARM NanoPi M4 4GB LPDDR3 Rockchip RK3399 SoC 2.4G & 5G Dual-Band WiFi,Support Android Ubuntu, AI deep Learning,Ship 8G eMMC ModuleThis simple little board is more-or-less a Raspberry Pi clone, having the RPI footprint, but with a more powerful featureset. With 4GB memory it can execute larger more complex software, with FriendlyElec claiming this board is suitable for Artificial Intelligence projects. With a multi-core ARM CPU running at up to 2 GHz clock speed, it should have excellent computation, and the on-board GPU appears to be powerful. It has a GPIO header for DIY projects, supports Gigabit ethernet, USB-3, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, RPI compatible camera and display ports, and more. There is a custom pin header supporting SATA and other interfaces. This package includes an 8GB eMMC card which is faster and more reliable than using an SD card as the boot drive.
NanoPi M4 Heat SinkThe NanoPi M4 mounts directly to this heatsink, helping keep the CPU cool.
https://www.friendlyarm.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=86&product_id=254 -- 4x SATA HAT for NanoPi M4