What you Need to Know About the Latest Version Raspberry Pi 3?
- Learn Center
- 06 Oct, 2018
Today, Pi’s speed and Wi-Fi capabilities get a boost with a welcome of Raspberry Pi 3 Model B in the market. Now, the question arises what it is? This latest version of Raspberry Pi computer is simply a tiny electronic board of credit-card size that you mostly found in your laptop or PC. This small and cheap computer does not look like your typical machine and does not have any case.
To get started with this electronic board, you just require a mouse, power supply, display, keyboard; micro SD card having Linux Distribution installation. Your fully fledged computer will become ready by just plugging in all the cables that you can easily use to run applications from word processors, spreadsheets to games.
Specifications of Raspberry Pi 3
- CPU: 1.2GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex A53
- USB: 4 USB 2.0 with 480Mbps data transfer speed.
- Graphics: 400MHz Video Core IV Multimedia.
- Chipset: Broadcom BCM2837.
- Wireless: 802.11n Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1
- Audio: Combination of 3.5mm audio out jack and composite video.
- Video: Full HDMI port.
- Ethernet: 10/100 (Max. throughput 100Mbps).
- Memory: 1GB LPDDR2-900 SDRAM.
- Storage: MicroSD card or via USB-attached storage.
- Display interface.
- Camera interface.
- Expandability: 40 GPIO (General Purpose Input Output) pins.
What sets it apart from its predecessors?
In comparison to Raspberry Pi 2, the quad-core processor Raspberry Pi 3 comes with a lot of improvement and new features. It has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 that frees up space in a room for more ports for carrying out more projects. When talking about its cost, it is almost similar to its predecessor.
Inside Pi 3, you will find a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 that substitutes the CPU complex 900MHz 32-bit quad-core ARM Coretx-A7. This does not mean that all your apps will run 10 times faster. In real-world applications, the performance increase of between 2.5x – for single threaded applications and greater than 20x – for NEON enabled video codec’s has been observed.
The system-on-chip of Raspberry Pi 3 is the BCM2837 from Bradcom. It is fully compatible with Raspberry Pi 1 and 2 like its predecessor that means you can continue with hardware and software which you were using.
What can be done with Raspberry Pi 3?
There are a lot of pretty things one can do with Pi 3 similar to those that are done by using a low powered computer such as playing music and basic games, writing a document, surfing internet, watching movies, etc. Have you stored a collection of movies, music and videos on your desktop PC? These can be shared on your home network and you can stream it on your Pi 3 by connecting your tiny computer to a TV.
From the perspective of engineering students or those having an electronic background, Pi 3 can be used as a microcontroller board for their DIY projects – sensors, hookup buttons, LED lights and much more. One can extend the home’s network coverage of his/her home by using Pi 3 as a Wi-Fi extender, play Minecraft, and can be used to perform other tasks.
Well, this is just a cherry on the cake. Raspberry Pi 3 can be used as a media center, retro games console, budget desktop or routers for beginners. Programmers, tinkers, and DIYers around the world have used Pi 3 for the number of projects as to build phones, smart mirrors, and tablets, robots, to carry out experiments on the International Space Station and to take pictures on the edge of space.
Apart from this, an application known as ‘Moonlight-Steam’ can be used by gamers to stream their steam games to a tiny computer. However, the only requirement is a gaming laptop or desktop PC having NVIDIA GTX series graphics card with the capability of streaming games.
What operating systems can run on Raspberry Pi 3?
One of the cool things about this latest version of Raspberry Pi is that plethora of Linux-based operating systems can run on it. For getting started with it, one can use NOOBS (new out-of-the-box) that will be found in the download section of the Raspberry Foundation’s website. Other light-weight Linux operating systems such as Raspbian and Snappy Ubuntu can be used to bring basic computing to Pi 3.
To make use of the Pi 3 as a media streaming device and media server, operating systems such as OpenElec and OSMC can run. Windows 10 IoT core made by Microsoft can also run on Raspberry Pi 3 for building Windows applications. Windows 10 IoT core is different from desktop versions of windows as it is an optimized version that connects devices with or without display.