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Raspberry Pi 3 Model A + out now: $ 25 for cut-down Pi 3 B + with quad-core CPU

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A +, offering several major improvements over the current…

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A +, offering several major improvements over the current compact version of the classic Raspberry Pi 1 Model A +.

The current Model A + was announced in November 2014 as the successor to the original Model A. The 2014 Model 1 A + still employed the first Raspberry Pi’s single-core chipset.

The new Pi 3 A +, available today, gains the same quad-core system on chip as the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B + released earlier this year. The SoC is Broadcom’s BCM2837B0, which is a 1

.4GHz 64-bit quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 CPU.

Despite the upgraded specs, the Pi 3 A + will still cost $ 25 or $ 10 less than Raspberry Pi 3 Model B + which has double the memory.

One of the key differences with the Model B + feature-wise is that the Pi 3 A + lacks an Ethernet port and has only a single USB port.

Their absence permits the smaller form factor, which is more squarish compared to the Pi 3B +. Like the Pi Zero, the new Pi 3 A + has 512MB of RAM, which is double the RAM of the 2014 model when it launched. The old A + doubled its RAM in 2016.

To ensure continuity, the Pi 3 A + shares the same mechanical footprint as the 2014 Model A +, measuring 65mm × 56.5mm (2.56in × 2.22in), with the same 40-pin GPIO header.

However, the Pi 3 A + does feature dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11ac wireless LAN, and Bluetooth 4.2.

The HDMI 1.3 port supports 1.080 p Monitors and TVs, and there’s a microUSB connector for power, as well as a four-pole stereo audio output and composite video jack.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation said the Raspberry Pi 3 will remain in production until at least January 2023

Raspberry Pi 3 A + is available from approved resellers such as RS Components and Farnell element14.

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In the spec sheet, the Raspberry Pi Foundation says the Raspberry Pi 3 A will remain in production until at least January 2023.


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One of the key differences with the Model 3 B feature-wise is that the Pi 3 A lacks an Ethernet port and has only a single USB port.


Image: Raspberry Pi Foundation

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