Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Specification and Pricing

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Specification and Pricing

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The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3) has just been launched, it comes with twice the RAM and around 10 times the CPU performance than its predecessor. Here’s the facts that you need to know about CM3, including specification and pricing.

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Details

The CM3 is basically based on the Raspberry Pi 3 hardware and is intended for industrial use in-order to provide a cost-effective way for people to make customised products that is based on the Pi hardware and software platform. The Compute Module is smaller and has less features and ports compare to a regular Raspberry Pi, which makes it more suitable for Internet of Things (IoT).

“The compute module uses a standard DDR2 SODIMM form factor, sockets for which are made by several manufacturers, are easily available, and is cost effective”.

They have launched two versions of the CM3. Below are the specification for both the devices:


  • BCM2837 processor at up to 1.2GHz
  • 1GBRAM
  • 4GB of on-module eMMC flash


  • BCM2837 processor at up to 1.2GHz
  • 1GBRAM
  • SD card interface on module pins so a user can wire this up to an eMMC or SD card of their choice

Both versions can be slotted into a newly released Compute Module IO Board V3 (CMIO3) which allows you do the following things:

Provides necessary power to CM3.
Allows you to program the CM3 Standard’s flash memory or to use an SD card on the Lite version.
Access the processor interfaces in a slightly more friendly fashion (pin headers and flexi connectors, much like the Pi).
Provides the necessary HDMI and USB connectors, so that you have an entire system that can boot Raspbian (or the OS of your choice).

“This board provides both a starting template for people who want to design with the Compute Module, and a quick and easy way to start experimenting with the hardware, and also building and testing a system, before you go to the expense of fabricating a custom board,” – Adam.

The older Compute Module model are still available, for those who don’t want or need the CM3’s performance boost. According to the Raspberry Pi official magazine The MagPi:

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 and Compute Module IO are available through Raspberry Pi Foundation’s.

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Standard for $52.46
Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Lite for $42.74 and the Computer Module IO board for $186.58.