What the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Delivers to Device Makers

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2017-01-19
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    What the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Delivers to Device Makers

    The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 is the latest in a line of embeddable units that provide the processing power for a wide array of industrial, home automation and internet of things devices.
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    2 - What Is Compute Module 3?
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    What Is Compute Module 3?

    Compute Module 3 is the third-generation component designed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to deliver the processing power for devices both big and small. It can be used in home automation gadgets and embedded in industrial products, such as process automation systems. It’s designed to be used in markets around the world and affordably provide connectivity that may not be easy to obtain from other sources.
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    3 - It's Designed Mainly for Industrial Device Makers
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    It's Designed Mainly for Industrial Device Makers

    Compute Module 3 is intended mainly for industrial device makers that want to manufacture a wide range of products running a variety of operating systems and connect to the internet. The Raspberry Pi Foundation also says Compute Module could be used in consumer electronics devices or by hobbyists to build their own devices.
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    4 - It's Ideal for Internet of Things Devices
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    It's Ideal for Internet of Things Devices

    In a statement introducing Compute Module 3, Raspberry Pi Foundation COO and hardware lead James Adams said the module is ideal for devices that connect to the internet of things (IoT). Compute Modules have, since their inception, been built into smart home devices and other IoT products. This latest version improves their functionality.
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    5 - Compute Module 3 Ramps Up the Processing Power
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    Compute Module 3 Ramps Up the Processing Power

    According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Compute Module 3 ships with an ARM BCM2837 processor with up to 1.2GHz clock speed. It also ships with 1GB of RAM. To put that into perspective, Compute Module 3 offers 10 times the CPU performance customers would find in the first-generation model.
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    The Breakout Board Is a Useful Add-On Component

    Compute Module IO Board V3, a complementary add-on component, helps users get the most out of Compute Module 3. Also known as the breakout board, it, gives users the ability to program Compute Module 3’s memory and makes it easier to access its processor features. The breakout board also includes USB and HDME connectors enhance its functionality.
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    7 - The Module Works with Most Operating Systems
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    The Module Works with Most Operating Systems

    One of the nice things about Compute Module 3 is that it’s designed to work with just about any operating system. Users can choose to go with Raspbian, the Foundation’s authorized operating system, or go with something else such as Android. It's another way Raspberry Pi Foundation encourages tinkering and innovation with the module.
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    8 - There Is Even a ‘Lite’ Version
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    There Is Even a ‘Lite’ Version

    The Raspberry Pi Foundation also sells Compute Module 3 Lite, a lower-cost alternative to Compute Module 3. The Lite version has the same processor and RAM as the Compute Module 3, but exchanges the built-in storage for an SD Card slot. It costs $5 less than the full version.
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    9 - It's Backward-Compatible with Compute Module 1
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    It's Backward-Compatible with Compute Module 1

    Companies that have followed the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s design guidelines can use Compute Module 3 in their device designs without making major modifications. However, Compute Module 3 is 1mm taller than the original version and its processor can run “much hotter” than Compute Module 1. Designers will need to account for those factors when embedding the third-generation model in their devices.
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    10 - Compute Module 3 Drives Large-Format Displays
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    Compute Module 3 Drives Large-Format Displays

    Compute Module 3 is already embedded in a device. NEC has announced plans to include Compute Module 3 support in large-format displays of 40 inches to 98 inches. The commercial-grade displays will be used in public spaces, such as schools and railway stations.
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    What to Know About Pricing

    Compute Module 3 is available now for $30 through the company’s partners Element14 and RS Components. The Lite version is on sale for $25. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is also selling its first-generation Compute Module for a reduced price of $25.
 

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has provided a new computing option for device makers that want to expand their presence in the internet of things and home automation markets. The new device, called Compute Module 3, is the latest iteration of Raspberry Pi’s product lineup for embedded computing. Compute Module 3 is designed to provide a basic hardware platform that device makers can use quickly develop customized products. It is based on Raspberry Pi 3 hardware and uses the same Broadcom ARM system-on-a-chip, but it delivers 10 times the processing power of the first-generation Compute Module. At just $30, Compute Module 3 is a highly affordable component that can plug into a printed circuit board and serve as the central processing unit for a variety of IoT devices. This slide show will dig into the new Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 and discuss key features the Raspberry Pi Foundation believes make it a versatile component for any company looking to expand into the internet of things.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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