Pi Foundation announces Compute module which is strppoied down versin of Raspbeery Pi to be used in custom implementations. Sporting onboard eMMC and a standard SODIMM connector, this can be used in custom applications where complete control over I/O and form factor is desired while still leveraging Raspberry Pi’s software ecosystem.
The compute module contains the guts of a Raspberry Pi the BCM2835 processor and 512Mbyte of RAM as well as a 4Gbyte eMMC Flash device which is the equivalent of the SD card in the Pi. This is all integrated on to a small 67.6x30mm board which fits into a standard DDR2 SODIMM connector the same type of connector as used for laptop memory. The Flash memory is connected directly to the processor on the board, but the remaining processor interfaces are available to the user via the connector pins. You get the full flexibility of the BCM2835 SoC which means that many more GPIOs and interfaces are available as compared to the Raspberry Pi, and designing the module into a custom system should be relatively straightforward as we’ve put all the tricky bits onto the module itself.So what you are seeing here is a Raspberry Pi shrunk down to fit on a SODIMM with onboard memory, whose connectors you can customise for your own needs.