RS Components (RS) has announced availability of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, the latest product to emerge from the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s development team. The Compute Module can initially be pre-ordered from RS as part of a development kit, bundled together with the Compute Board Module IO Development Board, which brings out all of the IO connectivity to form a prototyping platform for electronics design engineers.
Developed specifically for engineers in the professional market to create their own embedded system, the Raspberry Pi Compute Module fits into a standard DDR2 SODIMM socket and provides the same basic features of a standard Raspberry Pi, including a Broadcom BCM2835 processor and 512MB of RAM. It replaces the SD card with an onboard 4GB eMMC Flash device, and integrates everything on to a compact 67.6x30mm board.
The Compute Module IO Development Board is a simple, open-source development board that the Compute Module plugs into and enables the designer to program the module’s Flash memory and easily access the processor interfaces via pin headers and flexi connectors, similar to the standard Raspberry Pi. It provides the necessary HDMI socket and USB connectors to create an entire system that can boot the user’s operating system and allow engineers to start designing with the Compute Module.
The Raspberry Pi Compute Module will be available as a standalone unit from autumn 2014.