If you've ever looked at a Raspberry Pi and wished for all the power it contained, but without the added hardware connectors and bulk, then the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 is for you!
The Compute Module 3 (CM3 for short) packs all of the horsepower that the Raspberry Pi 3 does, but in an SODIMM card format more suited to commercial and industrial applications. The SoC BCM2837 delivers a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, plus all of the peripheral functionality and GPIO pins are available through the SODIMM connector. The CM3 also has 4GB of onboard eMMC flash storage which eliminates the need for an SD card.
The 200-pin DDR2 SODIMM form factor allows for cheaply and readily available sockets to be used for new designs, although it's important to note that the CM3 pinout is different to the previous Computer Modules are they are not electrically compatible.
The CM3 is compatible with the CM3L (the same development IO board is used for both), however, note that unless you already have a product/project designed for the Compute Module 3, you will not be able to use it as you would a normal Raspberry Pi. Unless you know your way around the SODIMM form factor then you will need the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Development Kit in order to use this product.
The beauty of the CM3 is that it allows for complete control over the final design. If you want to break out the HDMI port but not the USB ports, that's up to you. It's important to note that the Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality found on the Pi 3 are not on the CM3.
If you want to learn more about the Raspberry Pi platform in general, check out the Raspberry Pi 3 board for more info.
**The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 isn't as user-friendly as the Raspberry Pi 3 and is intended for advanced users in industrial and commercial applications**
- 31mm x 67.6mm x 3.7mm
- 48x GPIO
- 2x I2C
- 2x SPI
- 2x UART
- 2x SD/SDIO
- 1x HDMI 1.3a
- 1x USB2 HOST/OTG
- 1x DPI (Parallel RGB Display)
- 1x NAND interface (SMI)
- 1x 4-lane CSI Camera Interface (up to 1Gbps per lane)
- 1x 2-lane CSI Camera Interface (up to 1Gbps per lane)
- 1x 4-lane DSI Display Interface (up to 1Gbps per lane)
- 1x 2-lane DSI Display Interface (up to 1Gbps per lane)
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Documentation and Resources:
- Raspberry Pi Workshop for Beginners
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- Our Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Review
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- WS2812 Addressable LEDs: Raspberry Pi Quickstart Guide
This tutorial is aimed at getting some instant gratification from your WS2812 LEDs (trade name: neopixels). I'll briefly cover a bare-bones setup for Raspberry Pi. If you've never used a Raspberry Pi before, we've got you covered with our free, onli...
- The Maker Revolution
The Maker Revolution celebrates the creation of new devices and the modification of existing ones - the transition from a consumer buying goods to eventually having a major part in their creation. The Maker Revolution places strong emphasis on free (...
- Create an installer script for Raspberry Pi
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- Mass SD card Image Writer
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- Mini NES Style Game Console with Raspberry Pi
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