Now you can design your own custom hardware and leverage Raspberry Pi software, by integrating Raspberry Pi Compute module (and soon Raspberry Pi 3 Compute module) into your custom designed baseboard. But if you’d like something more compact, and even more compact than a Raspberry Pi Zero or RPi Compute module, ArduCAM has been developing a 24x24mm Raspberry Pi compatible system-on-module powered by Broadcom BCM2835 processor.
ArduCAM has also designed a small adapter board “UC-343 Rev. A” for the module with the following specifications:
- SoC – Broadcom BCM2835 ARM11 Processor @ 700 MHz (or 1GHz?) with Videocore IV GPU
- System Memory – 256MB/512MB LPDDR2
- Storage – micro SD card slot
- USB – 2x micro USB ports including one for power only
- Camera – 1x MIPI CSI connector supporting 5MP or 8MP Pi cameras (dual camera support)
- Expansion –
- AV output header
- 16-pin and 8-pin headers (unpopulated) with GPIOs, 2x I2C, UART, 2x SPI
- Misc – Power LED
- Power – 5V via micro USB port, or battery header
- Dimensions – 36x36mm (Module only: 24mm x 24mm)
- Weight – 5 grams
Since it’s compatible, it should run any operating system or program supported by Raspberry Pi Model B, Zero, and Compute module. They have even posted a demo video last month using the module connected to UC-343 demo baseboard.
I’ve not been able to find availability nor pricing information, but since it’s starting to show up on some shops without price, it should be available very soon. ArduCAM website only seem to have the announcement, but no further details. If the module gets a little too popular, it could also end up being killed, just as what happened to ODROID-W board, as Broadcom may refuse to sell the processor.
Via Amornthep on Facebook.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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