Seeed's Latest reComputer, the R1000, Turns a Raspberry Pi CM4 Into an Industrial IoT Edge Box

Compact computer offers wall and DIN rail mount support, three RS485 ports, and mPCIe for cellular, LoRa, and sub-gigahertz radio options.

Seeed Studio has announced a new entry in its reComputer family, the reComputer R1000 — designed to transform a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 into an edge controller and gateway for the Internet of Things (IoT).

"The reComputer R1000 is a high-performance and cost-effective edge IoT controller based on Raspberry Pi solution," Seeed's Serena Liang says of the company's latest reComputer model. "It features dual Ethernet interfaces and three isolated RS485 interfaces, supporting Modbus UDP/TCP and BACnet protocols, which makes it a perfect fit for smart building and energy management, such as controlling HVAC systems and other subsystems like lighting, sensors, and access control."

The compact reComputer R1000 has at its heart the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 computer-on-module, giving it four Arm Cortex-A72 processor cores running at up to 1.5GHz, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of eMMC storage, along with the option of on-board Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

This is installed into a carrier board that includes one gigabit Ethernet port with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) capabilities and one Fast Ethernet port, a single HDMI 2.0 output, two USB 2.0 Type-A and one USB 2.0 Type-C connector, a SIM card slot linked to a mini-PCI Express slot for an optional cellular modem or other device, and a second mini-PCIe slot for the user's choice of radio module, plus an M.2 M-key slot for Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) storage.

The carrier board also includes three isolated RS485 ports, a real-time clock with optional battery backup, and the ability to fit a supercapacitor to act as a short-term uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Everything is housed in a passively-cooled chassis with an IP40 dust-protection rating and wall and DIN rail mounting options.

The reComputer R1000 is expected to launch at the end of this month at $209 before volume discounts, including a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 with 4GB RAM and a 32GB eMMC module; more information is available on the Seeed Studio store.

Gareth Halfacree
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