The DevTerm (opens in new tab) modular pc from Clockwork Pi (opens in new tab) has a touch of a big improve, after its creator posted on Twitter (opens in new tab) to point out an adapter to suit a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 (opens in new tab) board into the slot beforehand occupied by a Compute Module 3.
With a easy adapter board, we are able to make the #DevTerm instantly suitable with the #CM4. CM4 is so GREAT, for me it isn’t a lot completely different from a desktop PC already. 💪😃#clockworkpi #RaspberryPi pic.twitter.com/wuezroU1XxJune 20, 2022
As you’ll already know, the Compute Module 3 got here in a SO-DIMM kind issue, with an edge connector that would click on into place if an appropriate slot was supplied. The Compute Module 4 (opens in new tab) eschewed this, as an alternative being supplied as a PCB the dimensions and form of a bank card, missing the all-important edge connector and thus compatibility with earlier modules. This implies it wasn’t the drop-in improve for Compute Module 3 initiatives it might have been. Though Raspberry Pi have created the Compute Module 4S. A Compute Module 4 in a Compute Module 3 kind issue. A model that’s not for common launch, sadly.
With an appropriate adapter, nonetheless, the 2 rows of connectors on the bottom of the Compute Module 4 will be wrangled into speaking to a number by way of an edge connector, and that’s exactly what Clockwork Pi’s founder Hal has proven. The adapter has Clockwork branding on it, suggesting it’s a soon-to-be obtainable product relatively than a one-off experiment.
The DevTerm is an A5-size pocket book PC with a retro aesthetic, together with a 6.8in ultrawide display screen, full QWERTY keyboard, mini trackball, and 58mm thermal printer attachment. Inside, nonetheless, it’s all fashionable, with a alternative of ARM or RISC-V (opens in new tab) SoC modules relying on the extent of energy required. The Compute Module 3 was soundly overwhelmed in spec by two six-core choices obtainable, however the Compute Module 4 will intently match these, whereas permitting for 8GB of RAM to be obtainable to the machine, which beforehand topped out at 4GB.
The Twitter account (opens in new tab) gave no additional particulars, on the time of writing, about when the adapter board could be obtainable, or how a lot it will value.