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Honey, I Shrunk the Raspberry Pi! – Hackster Weblog

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The Raspberry Pi is obtainable in a few kind components. There may be the usual Mannequin B (85.6 x 56.6mm) with a full complement of I/O connectors. In case you are keen to surrender some options, you may get the squarish A+ mannequin (65 x 56mm), the Compute Module kind issue (67.6 x 30mm), and even the ultra-compact Pi Zero (30 x 65mm).

Official Pi kind components

What do you do if you wish to implement a customized Raspberry Pi design? Can one thing smaller than the Pi Zero be made? The primary downside you run into is that the Broadcom SoC isn’t accessible to the mass market. That motive alone is why most individuals would quit on the concept of a customized Raspberry Pi. Nonetheless, regardless of not with the ability to purchase the chips, the crew at ArduCam got here up with an answer. The result’s a 3B+ system-on-module (SoM) measuring solely 40 x 25mm or 80% smaller than a conventional Pi!

ArduCam’s SOM3 module

At first, you may suppose this board is a Raspberry Pi clone. Because the SoC used on the Pi isn’t accessible for others to implement right into a customized design, ArduCam is evident they don’t plan to promote this as a product. As a substitute, they clarify you’ll have to buy a Raspberry Pi module and de-solder the SoC. From there, you’ll be capable of connect it to the smaller board. (Alternatively, they provide providers to do this half for you, supplied, you present the Pi.)

The module in contrast alongside Pi B+

Be sure to try the demo video. It exhibits how they’ve hooked up the SoM to a service board. Utilizing their cameras, they demo a twin digicam setup after the Pi efficiently boots.

ArduCam demonstrating their Pi SOM



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