element14 Pty Ltd announces the launch of the new Raspberry Pi Compute Module Development Kit designed to enable engineers harness the power of the Raspberry Pi in embedded design applications.
Having sold over three million units worldwide, with applications ranging from basic computing through to space exploration, the original Raspberry Pi is increasingly being incorporated by many electronics design engineers into their end design due to its low cost, high performance and stable support package.
The logical next step for the Raspberry Pi team was to provide engineers with all the benefits of the traditional board in a flexible form factor to support embedded design, leading to the development of the new Raspberry Pi Compute Module.
The Raspberry Pi Compute Module allows design engineers to use their own interface board to host the Compute Module, allowing them to move smoothly from prototyping on the Pi through to shipping commercial product in volume.
Key features of the new Raspberry Pi Compute Module include SODIMM board; BCM2835 chip with 512MB RAM and onboard 4GB eMMC Flash memory for booting the OS; fully functional IO board, supporting extensive GPIO and multiple connectors for rapid prototype development; and custom hardware and software solutions including a dedicated hardware design and a fully functional Linux application server.
The Raspberry Pi Compute Development Kit contains the Raspberry Pi Compute Module; adapters for camera and display; power supply; USB; and four jumper connectors - SODIMM sized 6.5cm by 3cm board; BCM2835 chip with 512MB RAM; onboard 4GB eMMC Flash memory; and 200 pin edge connector.
The IO board includes 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.