Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4S will be the next development to be marketed by the British Foundation responsible for this revolutionary microcomputer of tremendous success and which has recently completed its first ten years on the market.
As you know, the foundation distributes different models to cover various fields of use. If the general version of the Raspberry Pi is the largest and most complete, and is focused as a general purpose computer designed for use in classrooms, homes and companies, the Compute Module variant is intended for those looking for a more compact solution that can serve as the engine of any project.
Its use ranges from a DIY digital camera to a commercial digital signage system, passing through industrial solutions. Really, they are good for anything.both at an amateur and professional level and are integrated into dedicated boards that are the ones that mount the rest of the necessary elements to shape a complete computer.
Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4S
It has not been announced yet, but it will be the next version of this series as we see on the website of Revolution Pi, one of the companies that collaborate in the project and manufacture solutions with Raspberry Pi technology.
It will be a usable alternative to the Compute Module 3+ released in 2019. It maintains the characteristic super small size as it is only slightly larger than a DIMM that we use as RAM in laptops. Despite their small size, these modules integrate all the necessary basic elements: CPU, RAM and storage integrated into a single package, although they do not offer the connectivity of the full versions for obvious reasons of size.
Raspberry Pi Compute Module vs. Full Version
The great novelty of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4S is the processor improvement over previous versions. A Broadcom BCM2711 with ARM Cortex-A72 quad-core 1.5 GHz which is used by the Raspberry Pi 4 single board computer. The HDMI output has also been upgraded to version 2.0a and the RAM has been upgraded by upgrading the interface to LPDDR4. Storage is the same (32GB eMMC), as are the Ethernet and USB 2.0 ports, as well as the 200-pin SODIMM connector.
In addition to the hardware improvements, they say that the use of the new CPU will improve the availability of the series. Like all chipmakers, Raspberry Pi has struggled in recent months to cover supply due to factory closures in the COVID pandemic.
No release date is known, but its price should be as low as anything coming from the best-selling mini-single board computer, or SBC, category.