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Industrial dev board builds on Raspberry Pi CM3

Nov 21, 2018 — by Eric Brown 3,725 views

Kontron announced an industrial-focused “Passepartout” development kit built around a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Light and equipped with a dual Ethernet, HDMI, CAN, 1-Wire, RPi 40-pin connectors.

Kontron announced its first Raspberry Pi based product. The Passepartout — which is French for “goes everywhere” and the name of Phileas Fogg’s valet in Jules Verne’s “Around the World in Eighty Days” — builds upon the Linux-driven Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Light (CM3L). The Light version lacks the 4GB of eMMC flash of the standard CM3 module but still supports eMMC or microSD storage. The CM3L is otherwise identical, with features including a quad-core, 1.2GHz Broadcom BCM2837 and 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM.

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The Passepartout, which is also referred to as the Raspberry Pi Industrial Starterkit, is designed for customers that have “so far shied away from industrial use of the [Raspberry Pi] platform due to a lack of professional support,” says Kontron. Applications include HMI, M2M, home automation, POS, infotainment, entertainment, portable systems, data gateways, or sensor heads.

Rasperry Pi CM3L

The 215 x 125mm board ships with a microSD slot and 8GB card with Raspbian pre-installed. Dual 10/100 Ethernet, 4x USB 2.0, and 2x serial ports are available along with a CAN 2.0B port.


Media features include an HDMI 1.3a port and LVDS and 4-lane MIPI-DSI interfaces. There’s also a MIPI-CSI camera interface.

The Passepartout is further equipped analog I/O, 24V DC power inputs and outputs, and reset and push buttons. A HAT-compatible, Raspberry Pi 40-pin GPIO connector is also available.

Passepartout highlights (left) and specs
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Other features include a 1-Wire interface, a SIM card holder, and a Smartcard reader with secure element. The board runs on a 10-24V power supply and supplies an RTC with buffered battery.

Further information

The Passepartout (Raspberry Pi Industrial Starterkit) is available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found in Kontron’s Passepartout announcement and product page.


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