The Raspberry Pi Foundation unveiled the $30 Raspberry Pi Compute Module, an embeddable computer-on-module version of the Pi, plus a companion baseboard. With the huge popularity of the Raspberry Pi, it was inevitable that an embedded version of the Pi would eventually emerge.
Now, hackers, experimenters, and embedded development pro’s have an inexpensive and robust way to embed Raspberry Pi compatibility in a vast array of gizmos, gadgets, and IoT (Internet of Things) projects without resorting to a tangle of interconnection cables and expansion cards. Thanks to this new computer-on-module (COM) version of the Pi, projects can benefit from the Raspberry Pi’s open-source OS and application software, as well as from its expansion board (???shield???) hardware designs, many of which are similarly open-sourced.