Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3) targets consumer products

Sort of announced in July 2016, the new Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3) is assumed to hit the market very soon. Last Oct . PC equipment company NEC previously announced a new variety of professional P and V Series large format displays that smoothly implant the RPi CM3 module. The new module, offered in 2 flavors – CM3 and CM3L (lite) – will complement the CM1 module released some years ago.

Specifications for the CM1, CM3 and CM3L SODIMM modules may be found in the data sheet found on the RPi web-site
. Where the CM1 was based on a BCM2835 chip (as used on the original RPi and RPi B+ models), the CM3 posesses a quad core 1.2 GHz BCM2837 CPU, like the RPi 3. It consists of 1 GB of LPDDR2 RAM and 4 GB eMMC Flash. The ‘L’ version is a CM3 free of eMMC Flash, enabling the consumer to connect his/her very own SD/eMMC device. The pinout of the CM1 and CM3 modules are the same but the CM3 module is one millimeter higher (31 millimeters).


The money necessary for the new modules is not known yet, but since a CM1 retails at approximately £20, a matching price can be anticipated for the CM3.

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The CM3 is based upon the Raspberry Pi 3 hardware and is suitable for industrial use to offer a economical opportinity for customers to make tailored products based on the Pi software and hardware platform. The Compute Module product line is scaled-down and has less functions and ports than a regular Raspberry Pi, allowing it to be suited to Internet of Things (IoT) products.

“The module has a standard DDR2 SODIMM form factor, sockets for which are made by several manufacturers, are easily accessible, and are economical,” Raspberry Pi COO and hardware lead James Adams stated in a blog post.

There are two options of the CM3. Right here are the specifications for both of them:

Standard Version:

BCM2837 central processor at up to 1.2Gigahertz
4GB of on-module eMMC flash

Lite Version:

BCM2837 processor at up to 1.2GHz
SD card interface on Module pins which means that a user can wire it up to an eMMC or SD card that they select

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

Provides essential power to the CM3
Permits you to program the CM3 Standard’s flash memory or to make use of an SD card on the Lite version.
Connect to the processor interfaces in a a little more friendly fashion (pin headers and flexi connectors, much like the Pi)
Supplies the needed HDMI and USB connectors so you have an whole system which can boot Raspbian (or the Operating-system that you choose).

“This board gives you both a starting template for those who want to design with the Compute Module, and a quick way to begin experimenting with the hardware, and building and testing a system, before going to the fee for making a customized board,” Adam said.

The older Compute Module model will continue to be presented, for folks who have no need for the CM3’s performance boost. Based on the Raspberry Pi official mag The MagPi:

“With a couple of caveats, the CM3 can be utilized a drop-in replacement for the CM1 because they are pin compatible; the CM3 is 1mm taller, yet, while the CPU can pull a lot more current from the VBAT power source line and will bring in a great deal more heat under heavy load.”