New flavor of Pi: OnLogic offers up Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4-powered Industrial Computer

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Vermont-based industrial PC manufacturer OnLogic has begun accepting pre-orders for their new Factor 201 industrial computer powered by Raspberry Pi (RPi) Compute Module (CM) 4.

The OnLogic Factor 201 Industrial IoT Gateway leverages the RPi CM4 to combine industry-standard functionality and in-house custom cooling technology for high-performance applications. Factor 201 offers the flexibility to choose various configurations with different options available for  memory, eMMC story, Wi-Fi support, SATA storage, Wi-Fi antenna, AC adapter, operating system, port blocking kit, mounting, assembly and validation, and warranty.

“We’re delighted that OnLogic has chosen to develop the Factor 201 around Raspberry Pi. Using Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 with their custom-designed carrier boards and the industrial enclosure has allowed OnLogic to offer their customers flexible and reliable solutions. We see Raspberry Pi hardware being increasingly widely adopted in the industry with products like this one,” said Gordon Hollingworth, Chief Product Officer at Raspberry Pi Ltd.

For Industry 4.0 and IoT solutions,  using Raspberry Pi are possible with the Factor 201 and Factor 202 industrial computers capable of operating even in extreme temperatures of -20 to 60°C.

The Factor 201 is expected to begin shipping in the coming weeks date available. The upcoming Factor 202 industrial computer will be public starting later this year, with no information on pricing.

As part of the announcement, OnLogic also revealed the details for the upcoming Factor 202 industrial computer as a successor to the Factor 201. Surprisingly, both the computers are powered by the Raspberry Pi CM4 to provide flexibility in an industrial computer setup for IoT edge applications. The manufacturer mentions explicitly that Factor 202 will come with input/output interfaces with 1 GbE LAN port, 1 RS-232/422/485 terminal block connector, 1 USB 3.2 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI port and 1 USB-C management port apart from the 8x digital inputs and 8x digital outputs, as well as 4x analog inputs and 2x analog outputs and a 2.7″ capacitive touch screen.

Analysis

In 2020, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the release of Compute Module 4 to be deployed in industrial and commercial applications. The offering has gained a lot of momentum, with several IO boards having been designed by electronic device manufacturers and the developer community. For example, Jeff Geerling has made a long list of carrier boards for the RPi CM4 from DFRobot IoT Router Carrier Board Mini to MirkoPC – a CM4 Computer. The latest launch of the OnLogic Factor 201 industrial computer is another example of a hardware provider building on top of CM4 functionality, showing the flexibility that Raspberry Pi devices have become known for.

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