The Raspberry Pi Foundation is taking aim at industrial systems with a new option called the Pi Compute Module 3
The modules are low cost, naturally, and are the combined effort of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and hardware partner Farnell element14.
Both firms are as excited at the possibilities as the possible end users might be. They've taken this seriously, plugging in a Broadcom BCM2837 chip.
"The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 continues the development of Pi for the ever growing Industrial and Commercial market," said Claire Doyle, global head of Raspberry Pi and Single Board Computing at Premier Farnell.
"Benefiting from the Broadcom BCM2837 chip, this board allows designers to combine the speed of the Raspberry Pi 3 and the flexibility of Compute modules, enabling them to design-in Pi across a broad range of applications from IoT, to Embedded Solutions, Home Automation, Control Systems and Consumer Electronics."
The Raspberry Pi Compute 3 model has Pi3 processor and memory with an additional 4GB of flash memory. This flash memory is integrated onto a board within a standard DDR2 SODIMM connector. The Foundation said that this leaves all the remaining processor interfaces open to customisation.
A customer I/O is available for reference, as well as a range of development kits and add-ons including a display adapter.
"Raspberry Pi has been incredibly powerful for developers to date and we are excited to see the new innovations that will come from the Industrial and Commercial sectors as a result of the launch of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module," added Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading.
A lite version, minus the 4GB of Flash is also available. We are checking on the cost information. In the real world NEC is using the technology in its digital displays, so keep an eye on them.
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