Sfera Labs Extends Industrial Support for Raspberry Pi CM4S

Sfera Labs, has extended the capabilities of its Iono family of industrial I/O modules with the announcement that the established and popular Iono Pi Max is available with a Raspberry Pi CM4S core. The combination of the latest core and a variety of integrated features simplifies the design and implementation of rugged and reliable control systems for industrial, commercial and residential applications.

The Iono Pi Max integrates the CM4S core with all of the digital and analog input and output lines, power relays and support for standard interfaces expected of modern PLCs. Backward compatibility with the Raspberry Pi CM3+ core protects investment in existing designs while allowing designers to improve performance and extend system functionality.

Designed for deeply embedded applications, Raspberry Pi CM4S incorporates a 1.5GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 processor (upgraded from the Cortex-A53 @ 1.2GHz of the CM3+), 1GB LPDDR4-3200 SDRAM (offering significantly greater bandwidth and power efficiency than the LPDDR2 on the CM3+) and has an extended operating temperature range (-20°C – +85°C). With Iono Pi Max, Sfera Labs has harnessed the power of this compact solution to create a versatile industrial I/O module that can be easily customised and optimised to meet the needs of target applications.

“The announcement of an Iono Pi Max with a CM4S core is the latest example of how Sfera Labs is using the Raspberry Pi platform to develop powerful, flexible and truly open solutions that support the rapid deployment and simplified management of control and monitoring systems across a variety of applications,” says Ulderico Arcidiaco, Sfera Labs CEO.

The CE/FCC/IC-compliant module incorporates digital and analog I/O, NO/NC relays, UPS support, RS-232, RS-485 and CAN interfaces, dual SD card, RTC, a hardware watchdog and a secure element chip. Target applications range from data acquisition, MES, building automation, access control and environmental monitoring.

Fully compatible with the toolsets, programming languages and development frameworks available for Raspberry Pi, developers can make use of a vast array of third-party software resources to quickly develop Iono Pi Max-based solutions.

About Sfera Labs
Sfera Labs delivers professional solutions for industrial automation, IoT, IIoT, and edge computing based on open source technologies: industrial Raspberry Pi servers, Arduino PLC modules, programmable environmental sensors, as well as OEM embedded systems products and services.

Sfera Labs technology is used in process control, home & building automation, predictive maintenance, energy management, access control, and fleet management offering industrial-grade certifications and standards for seamless integration between modern platforms (AWS IoT, Azure, Google Cloud, openHAB, NodeRED), industrial software (CODESYS, OpenPLC), and standard protocols (ModBus, CAN, Wiegand, MQTT).

Sfera Labs also offers OEM solutions as well as custom product design and branding, and software development services. The company is dedicated to delivering high-quality, innovative, flexible solutions to meet the requirements of the modern industrial automation market. Visit Sfera Labs at http://www.sferalabs.cc.

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