The Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched Compute Module 3 which is a small system-on-a-module similar to a memory bank for the notebook. It is designed for industrial applications and allows the users more options for customization and experimentation with SD card compatibility.
SOPINE A64 is equipped with a quad-core processor AllWinner A64 with the Mali 400MP2 graphics, 2GB of RAM and one microSD card slot for storage. SOPINE A64 also offers a baseboard optional USB, HDMI, and other connectors.
It is also said to support the Windows 10 loT Core platform which helps developers to make work easier on computing board loT projects. It can be directly plug-in the board to a Windows PC and start development of their ecosystem of connected products.
The new Compute Module 3 offers a 64-bit Broadcom BCM2837 processor at up to 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM and 4GB of on module eMMC flash memory similar to the credit card size. However, it does not have a Wi-Fi.
According to Raspberry Pi Foundation's COO, James Adams states that the idea of the Compute Module was to present an easy and cost-effective route to producing customized products based on the Pi hardware and software platform.
There are two variants to choose from the Compute Module 3. The updated module will support 4GB of eMMC onboard storage or the Lite variant requires the user to add their own storage options. They can choose either adding an SD card or eMMC flash device depending on their preference to extend storage.
The specifications of SOPINE A64 includes Soc, storage RAM up to 128 Mbit SPI flash with Micro SD slot and DIMM edge connector. It also comes with a video output or displays for headphone, microphone and USB connector. It measures 67.9x31.0 mm.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has truly made a fantastic series of computers which inspired many projects. The release of the Compute Module 3 shows how electronics are becoming more powerful and affordable.