Raspberry Pi A gets an upgrade! (RPi 3A+)

 

Raspberry Pi A gets an upgrade!

Well what do we have here? A new Raspberry Pi! We have a slimmed down cheaper version of the Raspberry Pi 3B+, the Raspberry Pi foundation is calling it the 3A+! Yes, the RPi model A is getting an substantial upgrade! The new 3A+ has the same form factor.

Specifications:

  • A single 700 Mhz on the A+ core is upgraded to a 1.4Ghz on the 3A+
  • 256 MB of DDR2 RAM to 512 MB of DDR2 RAM
  • Same 40 Pin GPIO
  • Same single USB 2.0 port with improved mass storage booting
  • Has a heat spreader on top of the CPU for better thermal cooling
  • Has the same CSI and display ribbon connectors
  • Now gets not single band wifi, but dual band (2G/5G) supporting 802.11a ac
  • Comes with a audio jack
  • Still powered by Micro USB, no need to go out and buy more cables!
  • No ethernet port (decreases cost of the Pi)
  • Still boots from Micro SD card

Overview

The new Raspberry Pi 3A+ cost $25 and should be available from December onward. The new USB booting capabilities, small form factor, a big bump in CPU clock speed with 4 cores and twice as much RAM as the previous generation open up much more leeway to projects such as NAS, websites, media center, etc.  This Raspberry Pi should not have any item limitations such as the Raspberry Pi Zero has (limit to 1 per customer). This Pi does not have a ethernet port, this increases the cost of the Pi, and also increases the power required by it.

Apart from this, we have heard more exciting news, read for yourself from the Raspberry Pi Blog: “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. So 3A+ is about closing things out in style, answering one of our most frequent customer requests, and clearing the decks so we can start to think seriously about what comes next.” It is most likely the next pi will have a bump in RAM and clockspeed.

I hope you enjoyed this short post, comment if you are excited about this new RPi and what you like about it!

 

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