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A Smaller Version of Raspberry Pi 3 Is Coming Soon ( 89

An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCWorld: A smaller version of the popular Raspberry Pi 3 will go on sale in a few months. Raspberry Pi is developing a new version of its Compute Module, a single-board computer that plugs into specific on-board memory slots. The new Pi will be more like a mini-computer inside a computer, and it won't come with a power supply. The Compute Module will have similar circuitry to that of Raspberry Pi 3, a wildly successful computer that can be a PC replacement. But it will be smaller, with the memory, CPU, and storage embedded tightly on a board. While the Compute Module will have a 64-bit ARM processor like the Pi 3, it won't have Wi-Fi, Eben Upton, founder of Raspberry Pi, said in an interview with IDG News Service. The Compute Module could ship as soon as this quarter, Upton said. It will be priced similar to its predecessor, the 2-year-old Compute Module, available from reseller RS Components for about $24. The older Compute Module is based on the original Raspberry Pi. Like Raspberry Pi 3, the new Compute Module will work with Linux and Microsoft's Windows 10 IoT Core, Upton said. A Compute Module Development Kit, in which the Compute Module can be slotted for testing, may also be sold. The Development Kit could have multiple connectivity and port options, much like the Raspberry Pi 3. Last month, the biggest manufacturer of the Raspberry Pi, Premier Farnell, was acquired by Swiss industrial component supplier Daetwyler Holding AG for roughly $871 million.
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A Smaller Version of Raspberry Pi 3 Is Coming Soon

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Another cool nano computer that you won't be able to buy.

  • It's exactly the same as the existing RasPi 3... Except it won't have Wi-Fi.

    Well, then for god's sake, DON'T CALL IT THE RASPI 3!!!!
    • by Anonymous Coward

      > DON'T CALL IT THE RASPI 3!!!!

      They don't, they call it a Compute Module.
      However, it is electronically the same as the RPi3 (except no WiFi).

      • by Anonymous Coward

        The guts are the same as a RPi3 but it doesn't have any ports. Instead it has a board-edge connector so you can plug it into a custom-designed board.

        Saying that it's a smaller version of the Raspberry Pi 3 (i.e. the headline here and on PCWorld) is really misleading. You cannot just take it out of the box and start using it. (Well you probably can if you get the development kit but it's probably not going to be smaller or cheaper at that point.)

    • by SeaFox ( 739806 ) on Friday July 15, 2016 @12:35AM (#52515837)

      Well, then for god's sake, DON'T CALL IT THE RASPI 3!!!!

      They should call it the Raspberry Tart.
      Much like the Pi, but not quite as (ful)filling.

    • That and standard ports. I guess you can get a more customizable plug in module of ports that you will want to use. Thus saving space. Having that HDMI out but not the composite. Swap USB3 with USB C?

  • Cool (Score:5, Informative)

    by Ol Olsoc ( 1175323 ) on Thursday July 14, 2016 @11:50PM (#52515683)
    I've had a lot of fun with my Pi3 since I got it. The new one will be nice for a number of things, but I'm certain that it will be a little different in approach for buyers. I think it will be used to take care of specific applications. Whereas the Pi3 is remarkably capable to get, use, and then dream up applications for.

    I have my Pi3 in a nice little wooden treasure box case, with a Bluetooth keyboard, and a soundcard dongle plus a USB to serial adapter, and am using it to do digital Radio comms with. I'm running mostly Ubuntu Mate - although I also have Raspbian OS on a different MicroSD card. One cool feature lost with the smaller version is with embedded memory, you won't be able to have different MicroSD cards for different OS's. Maybe the smaller computer will give a boost to the W10 IoT OS from Microsoft. I didn't find that too useful

    Anyhow, the more Pi, the better.

  • >" But it will be smaller, with the memory, CPU, and storage embedded tightly on a board"

    This threw me until I realized it is incorrect (it is pretty late/early in the morning). The new one will have embedded STORAGE. Of course the memory is embedded, it always has been on every Pi- none of them have memory slots or expandable memory..

    • Reply to self. Of course, then I read it again and duh. What they said that I quoted is absolutely correct, just a little misleading. What actually threw me was this:

      >"a single-board computer that plugs into specific on-board memory slots"

      The article makes so much more sense:

      " Like its predecessor, it's likely the new Compute Module will be compatible with SODIMM slots, which are cheaper than PCI or SDRAM slots and can carry high-speed signals reliably. "

      It is just designed to use an SODIMM slot connec

  • I bought my Raspberri Pi and a week later, the Pi 2 was announced.
    I bought my Pi 2 and within about a month, the Pi 3 was announced.
    I just ordered my Pi 3 on Prime Day and less than 72 hours later, I hear about this...


    • This isn't for you - it isn't for most people who buy Pi's, its designed as a replacement for the Compute Module, for use in large scale multi-board projects with custom back-planes. Your RasPi3 purchase is perfectly safe as if you were upset at this announcement then you would have been buying the existing Compute Module in the first place...

    • The Pi compute stick has been around for years, this is just upgrading its internals.

  • Great (Score:4, Interesting)

    by JanneM ( 7445 ) on Friday July 15, 2016 @03:38AM (#52516239) Homepage

    I just finished a small Raspberry Pi cluster, with two RPi 3 compute nodes and an Rpi 2 front-end node. Not because it has such great computational capabilities - it doesn't - but because it's a low-cost way to get a "training system" that I can abuse without messing up anything on the real cluster I also use.

    These new Pi's would be even better; could have a single backplane that the nodes slot into. Ideally you'd be able to route both power and ethernet through the backplane as well, but I don't know how feasible that'd be.

    • by PsyMan ( 2702529 )
      Sounds like you need to get on Kickstarter with your "Beowulfenator"
      • by JanneM ( 7445 )

        It's really easy to set up. Take a few Pi's, add a small switch (get one that takes 5V). Connect them up, and use a single larger power brick that can power all Pis and the switch. Either make some kind of enclosure, or - as I did - rack them up with spacers, drill holes in the switch lid and mount the rack of PI's to it.

        One wrinkle is that you probably want to keep the switch only for the internal network. I use a USB-Ethernet dongle on the login node for external communication. it's just as fast as the

        • One wrinkle is that you probably want to keep the switch only for the internal network. I use a USB-Ethernet dongle on the login node for external communication. it's just as fast as the on-board Ethernet in practice

          Is the onboard USB ethernet a bottleneck?

          • by JanneM ( 7445 )

            Well, yes and no. You're limited to 100Mbit/s, which is if course a lot slower than gigabit ethernet, But normally a scientific cluster (which is what I'm interested in) isn't really limited by bandwidth as much as by latency. Going through the USB subsystem for all packets is going to give you worse latency than dedicated hardware. But then, I also use a cheap switch that's probably not a speed demon for retransmitting packets either.

            And the thing is, the Pi is a fairly slow computer. I suspect that as a r

  • Just compare:

    "Microsoft's Windows 10 IoT Core"

    Linux wins for size and simplicity!

  • Having a very small size module that runs linux would be very interesting, however if it is made up with unobtanium rather than silicon, as is the case for the Raspberry PI-0, I will start looking for different platforms for my projects.
    • by allo ( 1728082 )

      I would reallly like a rpi-zero wifi.

      Currently there isn't much use for the zero until you add adapters, which are a lot thicker than the whole pi-zero. With wifi on board, it could do all kinds of server tasks and keep begin thinner than most mobile phones.

  • The fundation already announced [] they were also intending to produce a A+ version of the Rapberry Pi 3 (smaller form factor, no ethernet port, only one USB port). I wonder what will be out first, the Compute Module or the A+ version. In any case, this shows they want to standardise on the Pi 3 platform, by producing all the variants that were only available with the Pi 1 SoC up to now.
  • ... I'm still waiting on my Raspberry Pi 0 ordered back in January.
  • by Lumpy ( 12016 )

    I tried working with the compute module and it's a Pain in the arse. we switched to using pi zeros (yes they can be bought for the $5.00 price mark without too much trouble.

    While the compute module gives you absolutely everything on the connector, we dont need it so a standard pi zero works perfectly and a whole lot easier. Just opened another box of 10 last night for another project.

    You just have to not be lazy and jump when the stock notification arrives that the store has them back in stock again to g

    • You just have to not be lazy and jump when the stock notification arrives that the store has them back in stock again to get them.

      This really sounds like getting rare things in socialism. Why should the zero be rare except that it's a loss leader?

    • ok, how are you getting boxes of 10, and I cant get 1? Plus, isnt there a limit? Where you ordering from?
  • How about a decent board where you can plug in one or more (up to some number) of compute modules? Something with a single power supply. A network switch built in. Something that makes it easy to play with building clusters. A single board you can plug in 4, 8 or 16 compute modules.
  • If they keep this trend going, we will soon see Raspi's as small as a strawberry or even a blueberry...

We can found no scientific discipline, nor a healthy profession on the technical mistakes of the Department of Defense and IBM. -- Edsger Dijkstra