The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced a new and cheaper version of its most powerful mini PC, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A +. Basically, it is a reduced version of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B + and is now available for $ 25, which is $ 10 cheaper than the B + version.
The good thing about the latest version is that it incorporates many of the same features found in the flagship model of Raspberry Pi. It should be noted that it has the same processor, a Broadcomm BCM2837B0 chip with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 1.4 GHz CPU, along with dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It also has an enhanced USB mbad storage boot and improved thermal management, says Raspberry Pi Foundations.
To get to that price point of $ 25, the most recent iteration has 512 MB of LPDDR2 RAM, which is half of the amount found in its more cumbersome brother. It also lacks a LAN port, and there is only one USB port instead of four.
In addition to being cheaper, the reduction in features allowed Raspberry Pi to reduce the footprint of the new model to 65 x 56 mm, the size of a HAT (hardware attached at the top). The smaller size should allow some interesting projects.
The Raspberry Pi 3 A + model represents the end of the road for the clbadic Raspberry Pi, as the company said in a blog post in very clear terms.
"In a way, this is more of a moving product for us." In March, we explained that the 3+ platform is the latest version of the Raspberry Pi "clbadic": everything we do next will necessarily be a Minor evolution, because you will need a new silicon core, in a new process node, with a new memory technology, so 3A + is about closing things in style, responding to one of our most frequent customer requests and clean the covers so we can start thinking seriously about coming later, "the company said.
If you are not familiar with the Raspberry Pi and other similar mini PCs, there is a world of possibilities that these economic systems open. We mentioned five projects in 2015, and more recently we showed how to build a wireless access point with one. Those are just the tip of the iceberg. RetroPie, for example, is a popular retro gaming platform for the Raspberry Pi. It is also possible to run certain older games on a Raspberry Pi without emulation.