the Intel Edison: A tiny computer platform for hardware hackers, makers and DIY enthusiasts.

It’s a dual core x86 Atom running at 500mhz and also has an intel Quark System-on-Chip running at 100mhz. It has 4gb of built-in eMMC flash, 1gb of DDR3 ram, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11a/b/g/n

It sports Two USB Ports (one USB serial console, and one USB OTG port).

It’s kinda like a raspberry pi, but it uses an x86 cpu instead of an ARM cpu. It’s also smaller, low power and has some features that make it work well in applications that require small, portable battery-powered applications that benefit from built-in wifi and bluetooth 4.0.

We’re going to take a look at setting a full Linux stack with Yocto Linux and doing some fun stuff with this platform in the future.

In Part 1, we’re going to take a look at the platform. Part 2, where we actually add a LiPo battery and do a project with Edison, is going to be posted on our Linux Channel tomorrow: http://www.youtube.com/teklinux

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Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3) targets on electronic devices

Sort of announced in July 2016, the recent Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3) is believed to go to the market in the near future. Last Oct PC equipment company NEC previously announced a new variety of professional P and V Series large format displays that easily include the RPi CM3 module. The new module, for sale in two flavors – CM3 and CM3L (lite) – will complement the CM1 module introduced some years ago.

Specs for the CM1, CM3 and CM3L SODIMM modules may be found in the data sheet available on the RPi site
https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/hardware/computemodule/RPI-CM-DATASHEET-V1_0.pdf
. Where the CM1 was powered by a BCM2835 CPU (as used on the original RPi and RPi B+ models), the CM3 carries a quad-core 1.2 GHz BCM2837 central processor, like the RPi 3. It offers 1 Gigabytes of LPDDR2 RAM and 4 Gigabytes eMMC Flash. The ‘L’ version is a CM3 not having eMMC Flash, encouraging the person to hook up his/her very own SD/eMMC product. The pinout of the CM1 and CM3 modules are exactly the same but the CM3 module is one mm higher (31 millimeters).

Pricing

The buying price of the new modules is not known yet, but since a CM1 is sold at around £20, a comparable price may well be predicted for the CM3.

Origin : https://www.elektormagazine.com/news/raspberry-pi-compute-module-3-cm3-to-hit-the-market-soon

Technical Specs

The CM3 is founded upon the Raspberry Pi 3 hardware and is for the purpose of industrial use to provide a cheap means for customers to make customised products based upon the Pi hardware and software platform. The Compute Module product line is smaller and has less attributes and ports than a standard Raspberry Pi, allowing it to be ideal for Internet of Things (IoT) products.

“The module utilizes a standard DDR2 SODIMM form factor, sockets for which are made by several makers, are conveniently available in the market, and are less expensive,” Raspberry Pi COO and hardware lead James Adams claimed in a blog post.

There are two models of the CM3. Right here are the specs for both of them:

Standard Variant:

BCM2837 processor chip at to a maximum of 1.2Gigahertz
1Gigabyte RAM
4Gigabyte of on-module eMMC flash

Lite Variant:

BCM2837 processor at to a maximum of 1.2GHz
1GB RAM
Sdcard interface on Module pins hence a customer can wire it up to an eMMC or Sdcard that they select

Both versions can be slotted into a newly released Compute Module IO Board V3 (CMIO3) which helps you to do the following:

Gives required power to the CM3
Will allow you to program the CM3 Standard’s flash memory or to make use of an Sdcard on the Lite version.
Connect to the processor interfaces in a a bit more friendly fashion (pin headers and flexi connectors, just like the Pi)
Offers the needed HDMI and USB connectors allowing you to have an complete system that can boot Raspbian (or the Operating system of your preference).

“This board provides both a starting template for those who want to design with the Compute Module, and a quick way to start tinkering with the hardware, and building and testing a system, before you go to the money necessary for fabricating a tailor-made board,” Adam said.

The older Compute Module model will still be available, for many who don’t want the CM3’s performance improvement. As per the Raspberry Pi official mag The MagPi:

“With several caveats, the CM3 can be utilized a drop-in replacement for the CM1 since they’re pin compatible; the CM3 is 1mm taller, nonetheless, while the CPU can pull much more current from the VBAT power supply line and will produce way more heat under heavy load.”