The official Raspberry Pi town foundation responsible for designing and manufacturing the range of Raspberry Pi mini PC systems has today announced the availability of its new Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ (CM3+). Offering users greatly improved the performance, RAM capacity, and Flash capacity and is an “evolution of CM3 and CM1” Compute Modules. The new Pi CM3+ Compute Module will be available until at least January 2026.
The CM3+ contains the guts of a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ offering a Broadcom BCM2837B0, Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.2GHz with a choice of LPDDR2 SDRAM. The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ is available in four different specifications starting from $25 for the CM3+/Lite , $30 for the CM3+/8GB, $35 for the CM3+/16GB and $40 for the CM3+/32GB. The foundation has also released a refreshed Compute Module 3+ Development Kit today. This kit contains 1 x Lite and 1 x 32GB CM3+ module, a Compute Module IO board, camera and display adapters, jumper wires, and a programming cable.
“CM3+ is derived from the CM3 board, but incorporates the improved thermal design and Broadcom BCM2837B0 application processor from Raspberry Pi 3B+. This means that, with the exception of a small increase in z-height, CM3+ is a drop-in replacement for CM3 from an electrical and form-factor perspective. Note that due to power-supply limitations the maximum processor speed remains at 1.2GHz, compared to 1.4GHz for Raspberry Pi 3B+.”
“Our aim for the Compute Module was to deliver the core Raspberry Pi technology in a form factor that allowed others to incorporate it into their own products cheaply and easily. If someone wanted to create a Raspberry Pi-based product but found the Model A or B Raspberry Pi boards did not fit their needs, they could use a Compute Module, create a simple low-tech carrier PCB, and make their own thing.”
The Raspberry Pi Foundation also explains that they are moving the “legacy” CM1, CM3 and CM3 Lite products to “not recommended for new designs” status. Although the hardware will still be available to purchase until January 2023 as previously stated by the foundation. The development team to recommend that customers use the latest CM3+ Compute Module for new designs, and where possible move existing designs to CM3+ for improved performance and longer availability. For more details, full specifications and availability jump over to the official Raspberry Pi blog via the link