RS Components (RS) and Allied Electronics have launched a new version of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, based on the Raspberry Pi 3 architecture. With a smaller footprint the CM3 is targeted at those who want to use Raspberry Pi in an embedded design. It also fits into a standard DDR2 SODIMM socket and provides the same basic processing capabilities as the Raspberry Pi 3.

The CM3 also incorporates a 64bit Broadcom BCM2837 application processor, built around an ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor running at up to 1.2GHz and 1GB LPDDR2 RAM. It provides 4GB on-board eMMC Flash storage and retains an identical pin-out to the original Compute Module (CM1).

Like its predecessor, the Raspberry Pi 3 Compute Module is designed for integration into industrial-type applications. One example is the range of next-generation large-format displays from NEC. These integrate a socket for an optional Raspberry Pi 3 Compute Module and are designed for use in brightly lit public spaces such as schools, offices, shops and railway stations.