The Raspberry Pi Compute Module is a small, powerful, and flexible computing platform developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It is designed to be used as a core component in embedded systems and industrial applications. Unlike the traditional Raspberry Pi boards, which are designed for general-purpose computing and hobbyist projects, the Compute Module is intended for more specialized applications.
Key features of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module
1. Smaller Form Factor
The Compute Module is much smaller than the standard Raspberry Pi boards, making it suitable for space-constrained projects and custom-designed circuit boards.
2. SODIMM Module
The Compute Module follows the SODIMM (Small Outline Dual In-Line Memory Module) form factor, which is commonly used in laptops for memory modules. This makes it easy to integrate into custom carrier boards.
3. Reduced Onboard Components
The Compute Module doesn't include all the components found on a standard Raspberry Pi, such as USB ports, HDMI, and audio jacks. Instead, it provides essential features like GPIO pins, power, and communication interfaces like USB and Ethernet.
4. Compute Module Variants
There have been different generations of the Compute Module, each offering improvements in performance and features. Users can choose from various compute modules based on their requirements.
5. Module and Carrier Board Separation
The Compute Module is designed to be used in conjunction with a separate carrier board. This separation allows developers to create custom boards tailored to their specific needs while using the same Compute Module.
6. Suitable for Industrial Use
The Compute Module's robustness and small size make it suitable for various industrial applications, such as automation, IoT devices, digital signage, and more.
7. Similar to Raspberry Pi
Despite the differences, the Compute Module shares the same core hardware architecture as standard Raspberry Pi boards, including the Broadcom system-on-chip (SoC) and the GPIO header.
Developers and companies often use the Raspberry Pi Compute Module as a building block for their specialized projects, benefiting from the power and flexibility of the Raspberry Pi ecosystem in an industrial-grade form factor.