The recently introduced Raspberry Pi Compute module is intended to expand the use of the low cost embedded computer outside of its traditional use as an educational teaching aid.
The so-called professional design environment is an area of the market where Raspberry Pi has struggled to compete with established boards such as Arduino and Beagle bone.
"With significant interest in using the Raspberry Pi in industrial and embedded applications the logical next step is to provide engineers with all the benefits the traditional board in a flexible form factor to support embedded design, hence the development of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module," said Raspberry Pi supplier element14, and the distributor has introduced a development kit for the new module.
The aim has been to create a computer platform with the features of a embedded development system. The module's BCM2835 CPU has 512Mbyte RAM with an on board 4Gbyte eMMC flash memory for booting the Linux OS.
With the kit comes a functional IO board which supports an extensive GPIO and multiple connectors to provide access to all of the BCM2835 functionality.
Raspberry Pi Compute Module is a SODIMM sized 6.5cm x 3cm board with 200-pin edge connector
The IO board has multiple GPIO interfaces: 1 x micro USB connector type B, 1 x USB connector type A, 2 x CSI ports for camera boards, 2 x DSI ports for display boards and Full size HDMI port.
“We expect the Raspberry Pi Compute Development Kit to be adopted by design engineers for industrial applications making the power of Pi accessible to more than just the hobbyist," said Claire Doyle, Global Head of Raspberry Pi, element14.
The Compute Development Kit costs $200 and is available from Farnell element14 and CPC in Europe, Newark element14 and MCM in North America and element14 in APAC.
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