To get $ 10 cheaper than its big brother, the A + model only has 512 MB of RAM, loses the Ethernet port and cut the USB 2.0 ports into just one. It’s also the last “classic” Raspberry Pi card to be released.
In March, Raspberry Pi Foundation launched a new version, a solitary computer called Raspberry Pi 3 Model B +. It offered a faster processor, Wi-Fi and Ethernet while maintaining the price of $ 35. Now we get a new A + version of the board for just $ 25.
Long-term followers of the Raspberry Pi boards will remember back in 201
4 when the foundation launched a model A + version of the first generation Pi. It halved RAM to 256 MB, removed the USB hub and Ethernet control to hit a $ 25 price. Since then, we have not updated the A + card for the following generations, but it changed today.
To lower the price by $ 10, the specification of the new A + will get a little fine tuning. RAM has once again been cut in half, but it means 512 MB rather than 256 MB as the original. The number of USB 2.0 ports is reduced from four to just one, there is no Gigabit Ethernet port, and therefore no power over-Ethernet support.
By changing specification, Model A + not only has a price reduction, it is also a smaller board that measures only 65-by-56mm. In terms of performance, it uses the same Broadcom Cortex-A53 SoC running at 1.4 GHz. The new board also has the same improvements for Wi-Fi, heat treatment and USB mass storage start as model B +. A new official case is also promised in the near future.
With regard to the foundation, the launch of Model A + will end on what we know as “classic” Raspberry Pi. Eben Upton, Managing Director of Raspberry Pi Trading, explains that “whatever we do, it’s necessarily less of a development, as it will need new silicon silicone, on a new process node with new memory technology. So 3A + is about closing things in style, answer one of our most common customer requests and clean the tires so we can start thinking seriously about what’s next. “