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Raspberry Pi 3 Model B SBC

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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.

 

Technical Specifications:

Processor– Broadcom BCM2837 64bit ARM Cortex-A53 Quad Core
Clock Speed– 1.2GHz
RAM– 1 GB RAM
Storage– microSD
GPIO Header– Expanded 40-pin
USB Ports– 4 x USB2.0 Ports with up to 1.2A output
Video/Audio Out– 4-pole 3.5mm connector; HDMI, CSI camera, or Raw LCD (DSI)
Ethernet– 10/100 (RJ45)
Wi-Fi– BCM43143 on-board
Bluetooth– BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) on-board
Power Requirements– 5V @ 2.4 A via microUSB power source
Low-Level Peripherals– 27 x GPIO
 – UART
 – I2C bus
 – SPI bus with two chip selects
 – Ground
Firmware Support– Raspbian
 

– OSMC

 – Pidora
 – RISC OS
 – OpenELEC
 Arch Linux
 Windows 10 IoT Core
  

 

General Uses and Applications

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:

  • Weight and quantity trackers that automatically order more stock or replacements within a store or workshop environment
  • A media centre for the living room to stream or play videos and music over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth – from the internet, your personal computer or a mobile device
  • Upgrading an old favourite TV with buttons into a modern TV with remote control, auto-channel-switching and reminders
  • Turning an old wired printer into an easily-accessible wireless printer

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:

  • Upgrading a standard microwave into a “Picrowave” – with extra functionality like voice control, remote access, a barcode scanner to identify ideal cooking times, and even an auto-tweeting service to let users know when their food is ready via social media.
  • Creating a gaming console to emulate games from the past – or for your own collection of games if you are a developer looking for a unique way to catch the attention of investors.
  • Building a mobile phone that connects to the internet to make calls – all designed from scratch with a Raspberry Pi 3 – Sure it won’t replace your current smart device but it could be a fun project to boast about
  • Turning an ordinary mirror into a Smart Mirror – which greets you when you get close, displays the weather and temperature, and can even tell you about relevant breaking news or traffic reports.

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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Raspberry Pi 3 Model B SBC

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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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