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Newark element14 Launches Raspberry Pi Compute Development Kit

June 23, 2014 – CHICAGO –Newark element14 is launching the latest in its extensive development kit range - the Raspberry Pi Compute Development Kit - allowing design engineers to harness the power of the Raspberry Pi for embedded applications.

The original Raspberry Pi has now sold more than 3 million units worldwide, with applications ranging from a child’s first experience with computing to space exploration. Due to its low cost, high performance and stable support package, many design engineers are increasingly incorporating a complete Raspberry Pi unit into their end design. The Raspberry Pi Compute Module is the logical next step to provide engineers with all of the benefits of a traditional board, in a flexible form factor that supports applications in industrial and embedded design.

The Raspberry Pi Compute Module allows design engineers to use their own interface board that will host the Compute Module and deliver a smoother experience as they move from prototyping on the Pi to shipping commercial products in volume.

Key features include of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module include:

Small and Powerful: SODIMM-sized (6.5cm by 3cm), the Compute Module contains the BCM2835 chip with 512MB RAM with an on board 4GB eMMC Flash memory for booting the OS.

Flexible and Rapid Prototype Development: The kit contains a fully functional IO board which supports an extensive GPIO and multiple connectors to help foster rapid prototype development with access to all of the BCM2835 functionality.

Custom Hardware and Software Solutions: Benefit from the dedicated hardware design created by an engineer, whilst still providing all of the power of a fully functional Linux application server to perform the analysis and computational tasks necessary to manage and self-diagnose the industrial solution. This unique combination of services will help define the next generation of the “Internet of Things.”

The Raspberry Pi Compute Development Kit contains:

  • Raspberry Pi Compute Module
    • SODIMM sized 6.5cm by 3cm board
    • BCM2835 chip with 512MB RAM
    • On board 4GB eMMC Flash memory
    • 200 pin edge connector
  • IO Board
    • Multiple GPIO interfaces
    • 1 x micro USB connector type B
    • 1 x USB connector type A
    • 2 x CSI ports for camera boards
    • 2 x DSI ports for display boards
    • Full size HDMI port
  • Adapters for camera and display
  • Power Supply
  • USB
  • 4 jumper connectors

“We expect the Raspberry Pi Compute Development Kit to be adopted by design engineers for industrial applications making the power of Pi accessible to more than just the hobbyist,” said Claire Doyle, Global Head of Raspberry Pi, Newark element14. “The development kit industry is exploding and the Raspberry Pi Compute Development Kit opens up the features of the Pi to the industrial design community.”

The Compute Development Kit costs $200 and is available with next day delivery from Newark element14 and MCM in North America, Farnell element14 and CPC in Europe, and element14 in APAC. Quality data sheets and application notes can be found on the product pages together with a range of associated accessories, and 24/5 live tech support is available for any queries. 


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