element14 has unveiled the new Compute Module 4 (CM4) from Raspberry Pi. The CM4 brings the power of the Raspberry Pi 4 to the compute module family and is accompanied by two accessories, the Compute Module 4 I/O (CM4IO) Board and the Compute Module 4 Antenna Kit.
Lee Turner, Global Head of Semiconductors and SBC at Farnell and element14 said: “Ease of use is key to our customers: with its extensive documentation, mature software stack, and vast community the Raspberry Pi Compute Module series has always been a very popular product for embedded engineers. This new version of the Compute Module offers greater performance and connectivity as well as improved energy efficiency and is simpler than ever to incorporate into products. With dual HDMI, PCI Express, a choice of RAM and eMMC memory options, and a dual-band option, design engineers can develop a broader range of applications, bringing their products to market faster than ever before.”
Eben Upton, Chief Executive at Raspberry Pi Trading, said: “Since 2014, the Compute Module line has become an increasingly important part of Raspberry Pi’s offering, allowing our customers to leverage the cost, performance and stability of the Raspberry Pi platform in their products, with their form factors. element14 have been at the heart of the Compute Module program, investing to ensure our customers can access the inventory they need when they need it, and providing unparalleled support through the element14 Community. Compute Module 4 extends the range with the power of Raspberry Pi 4, adding RAM density variants, optional wireless connectivity and an even wider range of interfacing options. We’re excited to see what people build with CM4 platform.
CM4 is based on the acclaimed Raspberry Pi Model 4B single-board computer, with an updated form factor accommodating new interfaces such as dual HDMI, PCIe and Gigabit Ethernet, in a reduced footprint. Access to the processor interfaces and GPIO pins is provided via dual 100 pin high-density connectors.
The CM4IO Board has been designed to simplify the development of new products using the CM4. It is suitable for the evaluation and prototyping of new products, serving as a reference design to interface external devices to the CM4 and can also be embedded directly into end products.