Raspberry Pi 3: 5 Cool things you need to know about this Credit Card sized PC board

By Sayan

Raspberry Pi is a single board basic computer having a size as small as your credit card, and well its built for providing basic computing to the masses besides promoting the development of computer coding among kids in schools and colleges. After having launched two editions of this cheap computing board, Raspberry Pi Foundation the company behind this is $35 mini PC board has come up with the Raspberry Pi 3.

Raspberry Pi 3: 5 Cool things you need to know about this PC board

While the Raspberry Pi 3 still retains the $35 price tag of its predecessor, it comes with a multitude of changes in the hardware department. In fact, it wouldn't be judgmental to state the Raspberry Pi has grown with age! For those who are completely unaware of what the hell this Raspberry Pi is, we have come up with a few cool facts that will make you at ease soon.

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Raspberry Pi: When, where and how?

Let's start with some history at first. Well, the first edition of Raspberry Pi was launched exactly 4 years back in February 2012 by a company which was formed by a group of geeky volunteers in UK.

Raspberry Pi 3: 5 Cool things you need to know about this PC board

Incidentally though during the launch of the Pi 3, Eben Upton the founder of Raspberry Pi Foundation stated that the organization has grown rapidly during the past few years with a staff strength of 60 full-time employees. Much of the credit however, goes to the increased demand and buzz around the credit card sized board which resulted in nearly 8 million devices during the last four years.

Raspberry Pi: What is the meant for?

When Raspberry was being developed the main aim of the company was to provide a basic computing platform for students around the world who were yet to get a taste of computing. Apparently the $35 price tag of the Pi, epitomizes the company's mission. However, the developer was quite keen about the Raspberry Pi and they started using it for various computing projects. In fact, the Pi was of much use in school and colleges to teach computer coding to students in the form of robotic projects.

Raspberry Pi: How has it grown with age?

A lot has changed for Raspberry in the last four years, and well it isn't just the company profile which has changed, the Pi itself has been improved by leaps and bound. When the first edition of the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B was launched it consisted of a single core ARMv6 compatible CPU with cores clocked at 700MHz. This was coupled with 256MB of EAM and Broadcom Videocore IV GPU. The ports present on the board included a SDHC, HDMI, micro USB and two full sized USBs.

Raspberry Pi 3: 5 Cool things you need to know about this PC board

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In 2015, Raspberry introduced the 2nd gen of the Pi with a new ARMv7 compatible quad core CPU with 1GB of RAM. The rest of the specifications were however carried over from its predecessor. The all new Raspberry Pi 3 though is a major revamp as it now comes with integrated WiFi and Bluetooth chips. Previously you were required to connect a WiFi or Bluetooth adapter on to the USB ports, but not now. The integrated connectivity will not only help users connect a keyboard and mouse wirelessly to the device but also pave the way to develop IoT (Internet of Things) projects.

Raspberry Pi: All boards are backward compatible so no projects are lost

It worth noting that the Raspberry Pi 3 comes with a new 64-bit computing capable Broadcom chip which makes use of four ARM Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.2GHz each. So the probable question in the mind of the developer would be - "What will happen to the project I built on the previous editions of Raspberry Pi which used a 32 bit SoC?" Well, Eben Upton the founder of Raspberry Pi assures you that you needn't worry as all the chips used in the Pi are backward compatible.

Raspberry Pi 3: 5 Cool things you need to know about this PC board

Raspberry Pi: The all new Pi 3 is great platform for building IoT products

IoT is the new buzz in the technology industry. With the launch of Raspberry Pi 3, budding developers and high school graduates will get a platform to work on various IoT projects using this cheap $35 board as a center of stuffs. The Raspberry Pi 3 can be used as an embedded system attached with the various sensor placed around the Pi which can emit signals to the board making use of the newly added Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity facilities. Wondering what all cool stuff you can build? Well, the opportunities are endless!

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