The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B boasts an upgraded processor, great peripheral power provision and native Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality – Ideal for Complex Projects.
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The Raspberry Pi is, as of February 2016, the best-selling UK “personal computer” of all time. And while that may seem like a strange concept for a small component-filled board no bigger than an old CD Rom, this tiny package certainly packs a punch, and is capable of running high definition audio, video and even video games. In fact, even during pre-launch in August 2011, Quake 3 was utilized as a demonstration, running at 1080p with full HD MPEG-4 video over HDMI – proving to be a powerful bite-sized computer as far back as 2011.
A few years later – and a good number of revisions to the architecture, components and layout – we have the Raspberry Pi 3. Refined further with built-in Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi capabilities, as well as a host of power and functionality-related upgrades, this compact computer is the ideal package for learning, teaching, experimenting and building projects at home.
The enhancements that make the Raspberry Pi 3 better than previous models is the upgrade of the CPU from the ARMv7 to the ARMv8 architecture, the integration of native Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Wi-Fi, as well as a switched power source, which can provide up to 2.5A to peripherals. These upgrades translate to more power, more efficiency and greater accessibility, since less additions and peripherals are required to achieve an even better result. The internal GPU on the BCM2837 is also capable of 1Gpixels/s, which is more than enough to run full Blu-ray quality movies over Wi-Fi on your HDTV at home.
– Broadcom BCM2837 64bit ARM Cortex-A53 Quad Core
– 1 GB RAM
– Expanded 40-pin
– 4 x USB2.0 Ports with up to 1.2A Output
– 4-pole 3.5mm connector; HDMI, CSI camera, or Raw LCD (DSI)
– 10/100 (RJ45)
– BCM43143 on-board
– BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) on-board
– 5V @ 2.4 A via microUSB Power Source
– 27 x GPIO
– I2C bus
– SPI bus with Two Chip Selects
– RISC OS
– Arch Linux
– Windows 10 IoT Core
While this may look like a board out of the Arduino range, it is actually an entire computer – and is really only missing a chargeable power source to be completely portable. As such, it can do almost anything that a typical computer with similar power could achieve, all while fitting into the cd-player space in your car’s dashboard. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that the possibilities for using this little PC are pretty much endless.
Basic projects involving the Raspberry Pi 3 that have produced fantastic results for beginners and veterans alike include:
With the Raspberry Pi 3, the native wireless capabilities, power and efficiency have also opened up more possibilities for even greater use, and more complex projects also include:
While many of these projects were always possible before, they would also typically require large, clunky computers to be installed close by. With the Raspberry Pi 3, makers have more than sufficient power in a bite-sized board no bigger than a large Arduino – which is then further enhanced by the vast quantity of free developmental tools and resources online. Never before has such a powerful and accessible computer be so affordable, so get yourself a Raspberry Pi 3 today and start making!
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