There are plenty of carrier boards for Raspberry Pi CM4, but the Ochin looks a bit different, as it is specifically designed for drones and robots, and the compact carrier board exposes most interfaces through low-profile GHS connectors instead of standard ports or headers.
About the size of the Raspberry Pi CM4 itself, the board also comes with a USB Type-C port to flash the eMMC flash, two MIPI CSI connectors and four USB 2.0 GHS connectors to add cameras to your robotics projects, and supports LiPo batteries.
- Supported modules – Raspberry Pi CM4 with Broadcom BCM2711 quad-core Cortex-A72 processor, up to 8GB RAM, up to 32GB eMMC flash (the CM4 Lite is not supported since there’s no microSD card on the board), 4Kp60 H.265 decode, 1080p30 H.264 encode, and optional WiFI 5 and Bluetooth 5.0
- USB – 1x USB 2.0 Type-C port
- Camera I/F – 1x 4-lane MIPI CSI connector, 1x 2-lane MIPI CSI connector
- 4x USB 2.0 GHS connector
- 1x SPI GHS connector
- 1x I2C GHS connector
- GHS Connector with UART 0/1 (only one interface selectable), composite video out, 5V, 3.3V, and GND
- UART 3/5 GHS connector (both interfaces)
- USART4 GHS connector
- 14-pin expansion header with 2x UART, composite video out, Vin-/Vin+, GNS
- Misc – Boot mode button
- Power Supply
- 7.5V to 28V via DC power supply
- 2S to 6S LiPo battery
- DC-DC regulator that provides up to 7Amp
- Dimensions – 55 x 40 x 4.7mm
Also known as the “Öchìn CM4”, the carrier board is partially open-source with the KiCad PDF schematics and 3D models for accessories such as camera mounts and an extractor for the CM4 module available on Github, along with documentation.
The board was designed to run OpenHD open-source software for FPV drones, and a Raspberry Pi CM4 module with 1GB RAM, 16GB eMMC flash, and of course a wireless module for WiFI 5 should be enough for this application. Note that a heatsink to cool the Raspberry Pi CM4 module is recommended. This solution should offer a nice performance upgrade compared to the “Raspberry Pi 3 mini” board the OpenHD community hacked previously, and the board also adds support for up to six cameras.
The Ochin CM4 board is available now and can be purchased for $59.99 on Seeed Studio with free shipping (time limited promotion).
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.