In this newly published video interview, Bill and Ulderico cover the peculiar features of the newest Sfera Labs product based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, its application areas, and future developments.

Ulderico opens by explaining the use of Raspberry Pi in industrial applications and how Sfera Labs has been designing Raspberry Pi-based devices for industrial automation for many years.

The Strato Pi Max is based on the Compute Module 4, which is specifically designed for embedded industrial applications.

The Strato Pi Max is a modular product, offering the option of being expanded with up to four expansion boards to tailor it to specific application needs. In essence, the Strato Pi Max is synthesizing all the existing Sfera Labs products, where customers can decide which features to embed depending on their project specifications.

Ulderico describes the details of the existing expansion boards and those that are upcoming shortly.

On another note, Ulderico explains that modular products also help cope with electronic components supply constraints.

The discussion then moves to the Strato Pi Max XS. This smaller, more compact version optimizes both space and costs when a maximum of one expansion board is required while retaining the same computing power and most of the features of the larger Strato Pi Max XL.

Moving to application examples, Ulderico briefly explains how the Strato Pi Max XL can perform remote upgrades, even of the OS, thanks to its support for a double SD card. He then explores the flexible storage options of the Strato Pi Max: SSD, SD cards, and eMMC. Ulderico also describes how, while the Strato Pi Max will be delivered with fully functional firmware plus a set of free libraries on GitHub, developers will be free to add or replace them with their software. He also illustrates how the Zymbit Secure Compute Module could make the Strato Pi Max suitable for zero-trust environments.

Finally, Ulderico announces that the Strato Pi Max will be compatible with the newly announced Raspberry Pi CM5 when available.

Thank you, Bill Wong!

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