Sfera Labs adds Raspberry Pi CM4S core to Iono Pi Max industrial I/O module

Sfera Labs adds Raspberry Pi CM4S core to Iono Pi Max industrial I/O module

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By Nick Flaherty

Sfera Labs in Italy is adding a Raspberry Pi CM4S core to its Iono Pi Max industrial I/O module.

The combination of the latest Raspberry Pi CM4S module and a variety of integrated features in the Sfera I/O system simplifies the design and implementation of rugged and reliable control systems for industrial, commercial and residential applications.

The 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 of -20°C – +85°C.

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.

“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.

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

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 for industrial automation


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