element14 is launching the latest in its extensive development kit range the Raspberry Pi Compute Development Kit to allow design engineers to harness the power of the Raspberry Pi for embedded applications. The Raspberry Pi Compute Module allows design engineers to use their own interface board that will host the compute module and deliver a smooth experience as they move from prototyping on the Pi through to shipping commercial product in volume.
The original Raspberry Pi has now sold over three million units worldwide, with applications ranging from a child’s first experience of computing through to space exploration, many great examples are available at element14 Pi Projects. Increasingly, due to its low cost, high performance and stable support package, many design engineers are incorporating a complete Raspberry Pi unit into their end design. With significant interest in using the Raspberry Pi in industrial and embedded applications the logical next step is to provide engineers with all the benefits the traditional board in a flexible form factor to support embedded design, hence the development of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module.
Key features include:
Small and powerful - SODIMM sized (6.5x3cm) the Compute Module contains the BCM2835 chip with 512MB RAM with an on board 4GB eMMC Flash memory for booting the OS.
Flexible and rapid prototype development - the kit contains a fully functional IO board which supports an extensive GPIO and multiple connectors to help foster rapid prototype development with access to all of the BCM2835 functionality.
Custom Hardware and Software Solutions - Benefit from the dedicated hardware design created by an engineer, whilst still providing all of the power of a fully functional Linux application server to perform the analysis and computational tasks necessary to manage and self-diagnose the industrial solution. This unique combination of services will help define the next generation of the “Internet of Things”.
The Raspberry Pi Compute Development Kit contains:
Claire Doyle, Global Head of Raspberry Pi, element14 said: “We expect the Raspberry Pi Compute Development Kit to be adopted by design engineers for industrial applications making the power of Pi accessible to more than just the hobbyist. The development kit industry is exploding and the Raspberry Pi Compute Development Kit opens up the features of the Pi to the industrial design community.”
The Compute Development Kit costs $200 (USD) and is available from Farnell element14 and CPC in Europe, Newark element14 and MCM in North America and element14 in APAC all with next day delivery. Quality data sheets and application notes can be found on the product pages together with a range of associated accessories, and 24/5 live tech support is available for any queries.