Raspberry Pi Launches Compute Module 3, 10x In Computing Power
Here’s some news coming straight from the Raspberry Pi foundation. They have just released the Compute Module 3, the latest in a range based on the Raspberry Pi computer, but with a form factor that’s more flexible. Where the original CM was based on the first Raspberry Pi, CM 3 is likewise based on the third iteration of the DIY hit. Users who have been using the original Compute Module should be able to simply slot the new one in as they are pin-compatible.
In a press release, Chief Operations Officer James Adams has said that the Compute Module 3 uses the same BCM2837 processor that can be found in the Pi 3. As such, it has 1GB of RAM and can run at speeds up to 1.2GHz which gives it almost 10 times the computing power of the CM1, not to mention twice the amount of RAM. The new module is being launched in two variations, one with 4 GB of eMMC flash memory built in and another where users can add it themselves, as befitting the Raspberry Pi foundation’s DIY philosophy.
A major advantage for some with the Compute Module 3 is that it has been designed with the Windows 10 IoT Core in mind, meaning even smaller developers can now build applications and devices that will eventually link up to the Internet of Things. Adams has also said that porting an IoT project from a Pi 3 to a CM3-based system can be done very easily.
Without the flash memory, the Compute Module 3 will cost $25, while having it integrated will set home builders back $30. The new module is being launched together with a breakout board which will fit both models, as well as the trusty old CM1. The Raspberry Pi foundation has emphasized the first CM will not be made obsolete, giving people that want to build innovative new devices plenty of options to choose from. It will be interesting to see what they come up with in the coming months.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.