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Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3) focuses on electronic gadgets

Sort of announced in July 2016, the new Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3) is known to reach the market in the near future. Last October computer equipment maker NEC previously announced a new range of professional P and V Series large format displays that gracefully include the RPi CM3 module. The new module, offered in two versions – CM3 and CM3L (lite) – will complement the CM1 module launched some years ago.

Specifications for the CM1, CM3 and CM3L SODIMM modules may be found in the data sheet found on the RPi website
. Where the CM1 was driven by a BCM2835 CPU (as used on the original RPi and RPi B+ models), the CM3 contains a quad-core 1.2 GHz BCM2837 processor, similar to the RPi 3. It provides 1 Gigabytes of LPDDR2 RAM and 4 Gigabytes eMMC Flash. The ‘L’ version is a CM3 not having eMMC Flash, allowing for the individual to link up his/her own SD/eMMC unit. The pinout of the CM1 and CM3 modules are exactly the same but the CM3 module is one mm higher (31 mm).


The money necessary for the new modules isn’t known yet, but because a CM1 is sold at roughly £20, a comparable price could very well be expected for the CM3.

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The CM3 is based upon the Raspberry Pi 3 hardware and is created for industrial use to offer a inexpensive approach for people to make custom products based upon the Pi software and hardware platform. The Compute Module product line is smaller sized and has less benefits and ports than a standard Raspberry Pi, rendering it suited to Internet of Things (IoT) products.

“The module works with a standard DDR2 SODIMM form factor, sockets for which are made by several producers, are very easily available in the market, and are reasonably priced,” Raspberry Pi COO and hardware lead James Adams explained in a article.

There are 2 models of the CM3. And listed below are the specifications for both of them:

Standard Variant:

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

Lite Model:

BCM2837 processor at up to 1.2GHz
SD card interface on Module pins which means that a customer can connect this up to an eMMC or SD card of their choice

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

Offers required power to the CM3
Enables you to program the CM3 Standard’s flash memory or to use an SD card on the Lite version.
Access the processor interfaces in a a bit more friendly fashion (pin headers and flexi connectors, just like the Pi)
Provides the needed HDMI and USB connectors allowing you to have an complete system which can boot Raspbian (or perhaps the Operating system of your preference).

“This board delivers both a starting template for those who want to design with the Compute Module, and a quick way to begin with experimenting with the hardware, and building and testing a system, before you go to the expense of making a made to order board,” Adam said.

The older Compute Module model will continue to be provided, for individuals that do not require the CM3’s performance turbocharge. According to the Raspberry Pi official magazine The MagPi:

“With some caveats, the CM3 may be used a drop-in replacement for the CM1 as they are pin compatible; the CM3 is 1mm taller, yet, while the CPU can pull a great deal more current from the VBAT power line and will definitely produce a lot more heat under heavy load.”