Techbase has opened $272 and up pre-orders on a modular “ModBerry 500 CM4” industrial controller based mostly on the Raspberry Pi CM4. Fundamental options embody GbE, serial, 8-bit DIO, USB, and 1-Wire and choices embody NVMe, 5G, fieldbus, and digital and analog I/Os.
Poland-based Techbase has upgraded its ModBerry 500 line of passively cooled DIN-rail automation controllers with a ModBerry 500 CM4 mannequin that helps the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. The brand new controller follows earlier fashions resembling its RPi CM3 based mostly ModBerry 500 M3 and ModBerry 500 with ESP32.
ModBerry 500 CM4 and configuration chart for main SKUs
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The Raspberry Pi CM4 module that powers the ModBerry 500 CM4 runs Linux on a Broadcom BCM2711 SoC with 4x 1.5GHz Cortex-A72 cores. It offers a GbE controller with PoE help, non-obligatory 802.11ac with BT 5.0, and new help for twin 4K HDMI ports and PCIe 2.0. RAM choices as much as 8GB and eMMC to 32GB are additionally the identical as with the RPi 4.
The CM4 switches from the SODIMM connector of the RPi CM3+ and CM3 to low velocity and excessive velocity 100-pin, perpendicular Hirose DF40 connectors. This permits a smaller 55 x 40 x 4.7mm footprint in comparison with the sooner 67.6 x 31mm however prohibits backward compatibility.
As famous within the CNXSoft submit that alerted us to the ModBerry 500 CM4, pre-orders begin at 230 Euros ($272), with supply following in about two months. That is for the ModBerry 500 MIN (or Mini) outfitted with 1GB LPDDR4 and 8GB eMMC together with GbE, RS-232/485, 8-bit DIO, USB 2.Zero host, and 1-Wire.
All of the fashions provide choices for 1GB to 8GB LPDDR4-3200 RAM and 8GB to 32GB eMMC. Different customary options accessible on the Mini and different fashions embody an RTC, watchdog, 2x buttons, and a 9-30 VDC enter. The 106 x 91 x 61mm, DIN-rail mountable system is accessible in Zero to 55°C or -25 to 65°C temperature ranges, every with humidity tolerance of 5-95% RH (no condensation).
The ModBerry 500 STD (Customary) provides a second RS-232/485 port, 4x extra DIO, and a mini-PCIe slot or non-obligatory M.2 slot with SIM card slot. The STD mannequin additionally provides an non-obligatory HDMI port. The ModBerry 500 MAX (Most) provides to the STD characteristic set with 4x ADC, a second mini-PCIe or M.2 slot, and non-obligatory CAN.
With any of those SKUs, you possibly can add 3x or 4x inside I/O “ExCard” extension modules that sit alongside the ModBerry on the DIN-rail. Choices embody extra Ethernet, serial, analog and digital I/Os, relays, accelerometer, PCIe, and M-Bus. The fashions with mini-PCIe help or M.2 help provide choices together with 802.1ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GPRS, 3G, 4G-LTE, 5G, LoRa, Wi-fi M-Bus, and NB-IoT. Some modules mix a number of features, and there may be additionally an choice for an NVMe SSD.
Extra equipment embody 1-Wire sensors, ZigBee sensors and relay I/O modules, and MBus and MODBus I/O modules. You can too order the system with non-obligatory antennas, energetic cooling methods, and a 40.8W, industrial energy provide.
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A Linux SDK with Linux 4.x together with NodeRED and PLC Codesys software program is pre-installed. Choices included Protocol Gateway (Modbus, M-Bus, MQTT, and many others.), Notification Controller (E mail, SMS, SNMP, and many others.), and Datalogger software program.
Like earlier ModBerry computer systems, the system helps the corporate’s cloud-based iMod, iModCloud, and iModWizard Software program-as-a-Service (SaaS) functions. The iModCloud platform offers file administration, notifications, and custom-based actions, amongst different options.
Techbase additionally provides a much less modular line of Raspberry Pi SBC based mostly ModBerry 500 controllers, together with a RPi 3B+ based mostly ModBerry 500. As we famous in Could when writing about Techbase’s #CoronaIoT venture, there may be additionally a Raspberry Pi Four based mostly model of the ModBerry 500 launched final 12 months that features a a Moduino controller based mostly on the ESP32.
The ModBerry 500 CM4 is accessible for pre-orders beginning at 230 Euros ($272), with shipments following in about two months. Reductions can be found for quantity purchases. Extra data could also be present in Techbase’s announcement and purchasing web page.
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