Raspberry Pi-powered industrial computer is professional grade

March 29, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Raspberry Pi-powered industrial computer is professional grade
Industrial computer hardware manufacturer and IoT solution provider OnLogic has unveiled its upcoming industrial-grade Raspberry Pi-powered system intended for use in industrial, automation, and IoT applications.

Measuring just 102.5 x 129 x 38 mm, the company's Pi computer was unveiled on the OnLogic website on Pi Day (3/14), after first being shared with the company's community of hardware enthusiasts and device builders who signed up to receive more information in advance of the system's public availability. Combining OnLogic's expertise in industrial-grade hardware with Raspberry Pi's latest CM4 Compute Module, the system, says the company, will offer the ability to reliably deploy ARM compute power into factories, warehouses, and a wide range of IoT applications.

The Raspberry Pi powered device integrates visible aluminum heat sinks, which not only provide efficient fanless cooling, but also make up the majority of the external surface of the system - protecting internal components while creating a distinct footprint and silhouette.

"By utilizing each element of the design for multiple purposes, we're able to create an incredibly effective device in a small form factor," says OnLogic Head of Design, Dave Lovegrove. "We've carried our expertise in passive cooling, and the iconic design language from our Helix Series into the development of our Raspberry Pi powered device; meaning there are no moving parts, greater reliability, and protection against the ingress of particulate. The goal from the start was to help make Raspberry Pi a scalable option for industrial users and our first device of what we expect to be multiple devices does just that."

The device will feature a Compute Module 4 mounted on a true industrial-grade carrier board which, like the enclosure, was designed in-house by the company, with a selection of I/O chosen to provide versatility in commercial applications.

OnLogic Solution Architect, Johnny Chen adds, "This isn't going to be just another off-the-shelf Raspberry Pi enclosed in an inexpensive case. Our system will offer a unique opportunity to prototype solutions on Raspberry Pi architecture and then rapidly deploy to the factory floor or within a stacked solution. The established Raspberry Pi maker community has built an incredible foundation on which new innovations in the Industry 4.0, SCADA, and IoT spaces are now possible. With many engineers looking to apply their experience building passion projects on Raspberry Pi to solve challenges they're faced with professionally, we wanted to provide a piece of true professional grade hardware."

Key features and specifications are expected to include the following:

  • Raspberry Pi CM4 SOM Processor
  • Up to 8 GB Onboard LPDDR4 Memory
  • Up to 32 GB Onboard eMMC Storage
  • M.2 2280 SATA Storage
  • Key Available I/O
    • 2 GbE LAN ports
    • 2 USB 3.2 ports
    • 1 USB 2.0 port
    • 1 RS-232/422/485 Terminal Block
    • 1 Micro-HDMI port
    • 1 Micro-USB for OTG
  • Wide Operating Temperature Range

The Raspberry Pi powered device is expected to be available later this year.

OnLogic


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