Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 launched

The Raspberry Pi Compute Module in an NEC display

The new Raspberry Pi 3 Compute Module can be bought as part of a development kit, bundled with an I/O board.

Along with the standard Compute Module, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched Compute Module 3 Lite, which has the same processor and 1GB RAM, minus the flash storage.

The core module is tiny so that it can fit into other hardware, but for development purposes there is a separate I/O board with GPIO, USB and MicroUSB, CSI and DSI ports for camera and display boards, HDMI, and MicroSD. The Foundation said that this leaves all the remaining processor interfaces open to customisation. According to the company, the Compute Module 3 offers about ten times the CPU performance of the original Compute Module 1, as well as twice the RAM.

While the CM3 costs £27 ($30), the lite version costs £22. We are checking on the cost information.

A Compute Module is usually used in Industrial applications, where it is commonly seen to be used on embedded computing system on devices like digital signs, streaming and presentation displays.

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The prices exclude all taxes and shipping and count for any size in the order. There's an option with 4GB eMMC on-board and a "Lite" model allows users to add their own SD card socket or eMMC flash. This board gives you the platform for which to use your CM3 or CM3L, and also provides the ability to rewrite CM3's flash memory.

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The printed circuit boards used in factory equipment have not traditionally required the same design skills and number of layers as are found on microprocessor boards such as the Compute Module 3. Users who have been using the original Compute Module should be able to simply slot the new one in as they are pin-compatible. Also, the processor can draw significantly more current, which could lead to it running much hotter when the CPU is under heavy load. The original compute module will also remain on sale for $25. The launch also comes along with a new break-out board for prototyping purposes, which supports both the original Compute Module and the new Compute Module 3.

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