Embedded systems designers gain low-cost prototyping platform from new Raspberry Pi Compute Module Development Kit, now available from RS Components

Embedded systems designers gain low-cost prototyping platform from new Raspberry Pi Compute Module Development Kit, now available from RS Components

Raspberry Pi Compute Module and the Raspberry Compute Module IO Development Board bundle provides users with a more flexible form factor for professional embedded applications

Johannesburg, South Africa – RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has announced availability of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, the latest product to emerge from the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s development team. The Compute Module can initially be purchased from RS as part of a development kit, bundled together with the Compute Board Module IO Development Board, which brings out all of the IO connectivity to form a prototyping platform for electronics design engineers.

Developed specifically for engineers in the professional market to create their own embedded system, the Raspberry Pi Compute Module fits into a standard DDR2 SODIMM socket and provides the same basic features of a standard Raspberry Pi, including a Broadcom BCM2835 processor and 512 Mbyte of RAM. It replaces the SD card with an onboard 4 Gbyte eMMC Flash device, and integrates everything on to a compact 67.6 x 30 mm board.

The Compute Module IO Development Board is a simple, open-source development board that the Compute Module plugs into and enables the designer to program the module’s Flash memory and easily access the processor interfaces via pin headers and flexi connectors, similar to the standard Raspberry Pi. It provides the necessary HDMI socket and USB connectors to create an entire system that can boot the user’s operating system and allow engineers to start designing with the Compute Module.

Eben Upton of the Raspberry Pi Foundation said, “The idea for the Compute Module came about from our observations of how a substantial number of industrial and commercial equipment designers were incorporating a Raspberry Pi into their end system. We wanted to find a solution that would provide them with all the computing resources of the Raspberry Pi in a compact format but leave the IO to the end system manufacturer.”

“Raspberry Pi is showing that it is going beyond its original concept as an educational programming tool to provide embedded engineers with a fast, affordable way to develop their embedded system” said Glenn Jarrett, Global Head of Product Marketing at RS Components. “We envisage that developers will accelerate the development process by tapping into the resources of the wide Raspberry Pi community that has grown up over the past few years.”

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About RS Components

RS Components is the market leader in the high service level distribution of electrical, electronic, mechanical, tools and industrial products. Operating in 26 countries whilst serving a further 100 through third-party distributors, RS serves every sector of industry in the procurement of their products relating to maintenance, repair, operations, low volume production, research and development.

With over 500 000 products across 2500 leading brands, the company is committed to ensuring that their 1,5 million customers have fast access to a broad, as well as deep range, of products and technologies, all under one roof.

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