Raspberry Pi’s Latest Computing Stick for Developers Comes with  

January 21, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

A lot might be aware of the tiny little computing sticks offered by Raspberry that has become the companion at schools and homes. But apart from consumer-oriented chips, Raspberry also offers separate batch of its computing sticks that caters to industries and developers: the Raspberry Pi Compute Module.

The line-up is now getting refreshed with the addition of the latest chip computer for developers, and it’s called Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3. With compatibility for DDR2 SODIMM slot, the new offering from Raspberry Pi takes up only half the space of its predecessors. The scaled down measurements haven’t taken anything from the computing stick however.

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 comes with double the RAM, which combined with the 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU can offer ten-fold times the performance of its predecessor model. The Module 3 comes with 4GB flash storage instead of the SD card interface used in other computing sticks of Raspberry. However, there is a version called Compute Module 3 Lite that will retain the SD card interface and shun the flash storage.

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3’s compatibility with a SODIMM slot doesn’t mean that it’s friendly enough to be plugged in to the slot directly. That’s because these come specifically designed for developers so that they can tuck in on to their hardware. That said, developers must make sure that they have some space reserved for Compute Module 3 in their circuit boards and also a breakout board, which Raspberry will be offering for an additional payment.

Compute Module 3 will be made available at $30, while the Lite version will be retailing at $25 per piece. Raspberry will also have the original Compute Module sticks retailed alongside the newer entries. The pricing of the device has now come down to $25.

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