The Raspberry Pi Compute Module is a tiny computer that looks like a stick of laptop memory, but which has the same processor, memory, and storage as a first-gen Raspberry Pi.

Now a new model’s on the way, and it’s based on the newer, more-powerful Raspberry Pi 3.

Raspberry Pi Compute Module (1st gen)
Raspberry Pi Compute Module (1st gen)

Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton tells IDG News that the new model will have the same 64-bit processor as the Raspberry Pi 3, which means that it should be up to 10 times faster than its predecessor.

The new model should be available in a few months and supports Linux and Windows 10 IoT Core software. It lacks some of the features you’d find on a full-sized Raspberry Pi 3 such as WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB and HDMI ports. But it’s not designed to be a complete computer. Instead it’s positioned as a product that can act as the brains of a larger device.

While a full-sized Raspberry Pi is about the size of a pack of cards, the Compute Module is even smaller, allowing it to go places where a normal Raspberry Pi cannot.

First launched in 2014, the Compute Module was positioned as a project for designers that wanted to create their own Pi-powered devices like cameras or media players.

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