Raspberry Pi 3 available in SA for R642

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The Raspberry Pi 3 –  the latest generation low-cost computer board that raises the bar with higher performance, 64-bit support and wireless connectivity – is now available from RS Components at R642.00 (excl. VAT). By Staff Writer


Available from RS Components, the latest generation Raspberry Pi delivers 50% higher performance than Raspberry Pi 2, and integrates Bluetooth and wireless LAN communications technologies, according to RS Components.

The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B credit-card-sized single-board computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation is now available to order at http://za.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=raspberrypi.

Targeting use in industry, in homes and in schools and colleges worldwide, the latest generation of Raspberry Pi incorporates a powerful 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor to deliver significantly enhanced performance, as well as offering integrated Bluetooth and wireless LAN connectivity as standard for Internet of Things (IoT) development projects.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Review & Setup | RS Components

Building upon the phenomenal success of its predecessors – the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+ and Raspberry Pi 2 Model B – the Raspberry Pi 3 has significantly upgraded processing capabilities to deliver 50% more performance than Raspberry Pi 2 and approximately ten times more than the original Raspberry Pi 1, allowing it to run even higher-end applications.

The board is based on the Broadcom BCM2837 SoC, which includes an ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor running at 1.2GHz, alongside a BCM43438 combo connectivity device, which provides 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN, Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy. BCM2837 integrates a dual-core VideoCore IV multimedia coprocessor, which provides 2Gpixels/s of fill rate, 1.8Gtexel/s of texturing rate, 29GFLOPs of shader compute throughput, OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 support, 1080p60 hardware video decoding, 1080p30 hardware video encoding and a hardware image sensor pipeline.

The Raspberry Pi 3 boots from a micro SD card and uses the NOOBS (New Out Of the Box Software) installation manager. The standard Raspbian operating system installed comes bundled with a range of productivity applications, and programming tools including Node-RED; this visual tool provides support for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services, making the board ideal for the rapid development and prototyping of IoT projects.

“Raspberry Pi has taken another important step in its evolution,” said Lindsley Ruth, Chief Executive Officer at Electrocomponents. “Based on the robust and well proven combination of hardware and software of the Raspberry Pi platform, this latest generation board delivers even more processing power together with embedded wireless connectivity, plus software to make it easy for businesses or individuals to develop applications for the Internet of Things. RS is honoured to once again embark upon another new chapter as a distribution partner for the Raspberry Pi Foundation.”

The new Raspberry Pi 3 offered by RS is manufactured exclusively in the UK under licence by the distributor. A Raspberry Pi 3 Compute Module I/O Board will also be available shortly, enabling OEMs to develop their own Raspberry Pi 3 based solutions for many industrial applications.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B vs. Raspberry Pi 2 Model B | RS Components

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