Tuesday January 17, 2017

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Launches With 10x Performance Boost Over Original

The latest version of the Raspberry Pi is now available in the compute module format, which is great for those who are working with pre-existing systems and want an embeddable solution. There are two versions, one of which allows users to wire things up to an eMMC or SD card of their choice.

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The idea of the Compute Module was to provide an easy and cost-effective route to producing customized products based on the Pi hardware and software platform. The thought was to provide the ‘team in a garage’ with easy access to the same technology as the big guys. The Module takes care of the complexity of routing out the processor pins, the high-speed RAM interface, and core power supply, and allows a simple carrier board to provide just what is needed in terms of external interfaces and form factor. The module uses a standard DDR2 SODIMM form factor, sockets for which are made by several manufacturers, are easily available, and are inexpensive.