Low-cost embedded-system prototyping platform is based on Raspberry Pi

June 10, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
“Industrial and commercial equipment designers [are] incorporating a Raspberry Pi into their end system [here is] a solution that provides them with all the computing resources of the Raspberry Pi in a compact format but leaves the IO to the end system manufacturer.”

Embedded systems designers are offered the Raspberry Pi Compute Module Development Kit, from RS Components; the Compute Module and the Raspberry Compute Module IO Development Board bundle provides users with a more flexible form factor for professional embedded applications

RS Components (RS) has available the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, the latest product to emerge from the Raspberry Pi Foundation's development team. The Compute Module can initially be ordered 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 512 MByte of RAM. It replaces the SD card with an onboard 4 GByte eMMC Flash device, and integrates everything on to a compact 67.6 x 30 mm 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.

Eben Upton of the Raspberry Pi Foundation said, “The idea for the Compute Module came about from our observations of how a substantial number of industrial and commercial equipment designers were incorporating a Raspberry Pi into their end system. We wanted to find a solution that would provide them with all the computing resources of the Raspberry Pi in a compact format but leave the IO to the end system