ModBerry M500 Industrial Computer Gets Upgraded to Raspberry Pi 4

We first wrote about Modberry M500 industrial computer when it was upgraded from Raspberry Pi 3 to Raspberry Pi 3 B+, and added PoE support.

With the launch of Raspberry Pi 4 model B, it should come as no surprise that Techbase has now announced Modberry M500 would be available with the latest board from the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Raspberry Pi 4 Industrial ComputerModberry M500 RPI 4 preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – Broadcom BCM2711B0 quad-core Arm Cortex-A72 processor @ 1.5 GHz with VideoCore VI GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB, 2GB or 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC flash (TBC), and/or 8GB micro SD card
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60Hz and 3.5mm jack for CVBS (composite + stereo audio)
  • Connectivity
    • True Gigabit Ethernet, up to 2x optional 10/100M Ethernet ports
    • Dual band 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0 LE
    • Optional Zigbee, LTE/3G, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth cards
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 2x USB 3.0 host ports
  • Expansion I/Os
    • 2x RS-232/RS-485
    • 4x digital inputs, 4x digital outputs up to 30V DC
    • 1-wire
    • 1x CAN
    • Optional 4x Analog input; 18-bit resolution
    • Optional ExCard I/O modules for more RS-232/485 ports, Ethernet ports, PCIe slots, analog input and output, digital I/Os, relays, M-Bus interface, and more
  • Misc – RTC with battery, watchdog timer
  • Power Supply
    • 10~30V DC up to 1A
    • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Dimensions – 106 x 91 x 61 mm (ABS casing with DIN rail enclosure)
  • Weight – 300 grams

ModBerry M500 Use CasesThe main benefits for this type of application are the extra processing, extra memory, Gigabit Ethernet, and USB 3.0 ports. HDMI 2.0 output maybe also be an advantage if your industrial project requires 4K video output. It’s unclear whether the upgraded ModBerry M500 will expose just one or two HDMI ports however.

This Raspberry Pi 4 based industrial computer runs firmware based on Linux and RedNode by default. It also supports RedNode as CODESYS automation software for control systems.

The latest Modberry M500 can be purchased with Raspberry Pi 3 B+ or Raspberry Pi 4 on IIoT store. The company did not provide public pricing, and login is required to find out pricing which should vary a lot depending on the many options for your project. The lead time is said to be 2 to 4 weeks, but for Raspberry Pi 4 models you’ll be asked to contact the company to be offered a specific delivery time. More details may also be found on ModBerry website.

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