The Raspberry Pi Compute Module can be seamlessly integrated into many recent NEC Large Format Displays to suit any visual application. The open-platform solution offers unrivaled flexibility and performance in creating customized display applications, while securing future-proof operations with an upgrade through its modular and exchangeable slot design.

Software providers and users benefit from the vast number of open source solutions already available from the global Raspberry Pi developer community.

The custom NEC Edition of the Compute Module boosts compatibilities with 4 times the onboard storage capacity (16GB of eMMC flash memory) than the standard Compute Modules – providing ample storage space for large applications. Additional storage capacity can be provided by connecting external USB storage devices to the display.  Now shipping with the NEC MediaPlayer w/ CMS Platform imaged onto each Compute Module.

Tight integration with the host display provides easy network configuration and connection to external USB devices, as well as advanced functionality such as Watch Dog Timer and Real Time Clock support.

The Raspberry Pi Compute Module is the smartest combination of computing power with professional yet cost-effective Signage displays for use in retail environments, passenger information, quick service menu boards and so many more applications.


Operating System support

Select from many publicly available OS distributions and images depending on the application, such as: fully featured and ready to use networked media players, full desktop based operating systems, and minimal systems.

Internal LAN switch

The Raspberry Pi Compute Module features LAN connectivity via the display's internal LAN switch.

USB hub with up to 3 ports for connecting devices

USB devices, such as keyboards, mice, and Wi-Fi adapters, and additional storage, can be connected without the need for an external USB hub.

Internal IR remote receiver and pass through to the Raspberry Pi Compute Module

The display's IR Remote Control can be used to operate software running on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, such as a media player, via standard IR Remote Control units.

CEC support between the display and the Raspberry Pi Compute Module

Facilitates the use of the display's IR Remote buttons to control the basic navigation functions of compatible software, such as media players.

Internal serial connection between the display and the Raspberry Pi Compute Module

Allows full control and monitoring of the display from the Compute Module.

Real Time Clock support via the display's internal clock

The system clock on the Compute Module can be set from the display's RTC when there is no network available, or the display's RTC can be set from the system clock on the Compute Module.

Shutdown signal support

The display can signal to the Operating System, running on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, that the power is about to turn off so that the software and OS can shutdown gracefully.

Full power control

Power to the Compute Module can be controlled separately from the display power.

Watchdog timer support

Automatically restart the Compute Module if it stops responding – thus providing an extra layer of fault tolerance for remote applications.

Hardware codec support licenses

The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 NEC edition includes hardware codec licenses for MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and VC-1.

Built in touch-screen support

For display models with integrated touch-screens, the USB touch device will appear as a standard USB HID (Human Interface Device) device to the Compute Module.

Raspberry Pi Compute Module Downloads

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Using the native resolution of 1920x1080 is recommended. Other resolutions may work.
Currently the header on the NEC Compute Module Interface board is not populated and not supported.
9600 baud. No parity. 8 bits data length with 1 stop bit.
The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 NEC Edition includes 16GB of eMMC onboard storage instead of the standard 4GB. The NEC edition also includes codec licenses for the MPEG-2 and VC-1 hardware codecs. These licenses are programmed into the processor during production and do not need to be included in the config.txt file.
NEC provides a Python based SDK for accessing the monitor control functionality via the internal serial connection. Support for other software or Operating Systems are not provided by NEC.
All included network connectivity is via the LAN connections on the display. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity can be added by using a 3rd party USB dongle connected to the display.
No. The microSD slot, as well as the USB MP input, are dedicated to the internal Media Player on the display and cannot be used by the Compute Module. The USB CM1 and USB CM2 inputs can be used to connect additional USB based storage dedicated for the Compute Module.
There are currently some experimental builds of Android for the Raspberry Pi; however, these are probably not stable enough to be used for professional and commercial applications, and may not even work at all on the Compute Module version of the Raspberry Pi.

NEC currently recommends using the OPS Android DRD Digital Signage Player instead.

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