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Makers rejoice: Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ is out

By LemmingOverlrd · 5 replies
Nov 15, 2018
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  1. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has decided to bless its loyal followers with a new device. Dubbed the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+, the device shoehorns the Pi 3 SoC into the original form factor of the Pi Model A, and lowers the price in the process.

    With every generation of the Pi outselling the previous one, the people at the Raspberry Pi Foundation have found that it would be worth bringing back the Model A/A+ form factor. The most visible change, apart from the svelte 65mm x 56mm form factor, is that the Pi 3 Model A+ sheds its Ethernet port, returning to its reliance on 802.11.b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, or a USB Ethernet adapter. It also halves the RAM to 512MB LPDDR2.

    The Pi 3 DNA is still there, though. It is powered by the same Broadcom BCM2837B0 SoC and its four Cortex A53 cores running at 1.4GHz. It's characteristic 40-pin GPIO remains untouched, as does the full-size HDMI connector to plug into your LCD. It also sports a 4-pole audio jack that doubles as composite video output and two USB 2.0 ports for connectivity. Storage relies exclusively on microSD storage. Power comes as always from the micro USB port (5V, 2.5A source required).

    The cost is also exceedingly tempting if you're looking for some brains for your maker project: just $25.
    Here are a few glamour shots of the new model...

    The Raspberry Pi Foundation added that this will be the last of Raspberry Pis built on this particular type of silicon, and wanted to go out in style by addressing one of their customers' most requested features. Going forward, they say, "the 3+ platform is the final iteration of the “classic” Raspberry Pi: whatever we do next will of necessity be less of an evolution, because it will need new core silicon, on a new process node, with new memory technology."

    The maker board, in all its incarnations, is vastly popular in the US and the UK and has sold over 19 million units worldwide. It is used extensively in education and the maker community, the latter to power their robotics and automations.

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  2. trparky

    trparky TS Evangelist Posts: 531   +425

    WiFi only? Well that shoots the idea of making a cheap NAS out the window.
     
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,193   +1,617

    "The most visible change, apart from the svelte 65mm x 56mm form factor, is that the Pi 3 Model A+ sheds its Ethernet port, returning to its reliance on 802.11.b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, or a USB Ethernet adapter."
    You're stuck using an USB adapter or get a previous model.

    I haven't really followed Raspberry Pi but I do wonder why they are still using USB 2.0? To the internet! oh wait, I'm already here...
     
  4. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 321   +220

    The Ethernet was via the usb2 hub anyway.
    The Pi does not have the bus to support USB 3.0
     
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  5. xxLCxx

    xxLCxx TS Addict Posts: 231   +153

    The gap between cheap and more powerful 'have it all' models from China and the Pi keeps getting bigger. The Pi has the best software support, by far. Though, being able to seemingly get 'so much more' from others, is becoming more and more tempting...
     
  6. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 763   +288

    I like the concept. It just never had the power I needed. Maybe the next generation will.
     

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