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Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 targets embedded systems designers

16 January 2017

Now available at RS Components, Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 allows embedded customers to integrate the power of Pi 3 into their designs.

The Compute Module 3 is the latest product to be launched by Raspberry Pi and moves beyond the platform’s original mission as an educational programming tool.

In a small form factor SODIMM Module, the product targets embedded systems designers developing industrial-type applications. It allows designers to integrate the power of the Pi 3 into their designs and develop their own profile and I/O connections. 

Based on Raspberry Pi 3 architecture, it fits into a standard DDR2 SODIMM socket and provides the same quad-core processing capabilities as the Pie 3. It incorporates a 64-bit Broadcom BCM2837 application processor, built around an ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor running at up to 1.2GHz and IGB of LPDDR2 RAM. It also provides 4GB of on-board Emmc Flash storage and retains an identical pin-out to the original Compute Module (CM1).

The CM3 is already being used in the next-generation large-format displays from NEC. These screens integrate a socket for an optional Pi 3 Compute Module and are designed for use in brightly lit public spaces such as schools, offices, shops and railway stations. 

As well as the standard CM3 module, RS Components and Allied will be offering the CM3 Lite. This is at a much lower cost and includes the BCM2837 application processer and 1GB RAM. But it has no on-board Flash storage. 

“Our initiative to extend the deployment possibilities of the Raspberry Pi has already been a huge success, with many innovative applications being developed based on our first Compute Module,” said Eben Upton of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. “We expect that this more powerful second-generation device, in conjunction with existing ecosystem resources including software and accompanying hardware, will enable further penetration into industrial markets.”

“The introduction of this new version Compute Module shows strong commitment from the Raspberry Pi Foundation to the industrial arena, moving beyond the platform’s original mission as an educational programming tool,” said Rob Maycroft, Global Product Manager for Raspberry Pi at RS. “Embedded system designers can draw from the resources of the Raspberry Pi community and build upon the enhanced processing capabilities of the Raspberry Pi 3 to develop exciting new applications.” 

The Raspberry Pi 3 Compute Module and associated development kit and companion board can be purchased now from RS in EMEA and Asia Pacific, and from Allied in the Americas.

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