This board is the latest revision of the Raspberry Pi board, packing the same punch as the Raspberry Pi 3 B+, on a smaller footprint. For the first time ever, this Model A+ board also has the beefy WiFi chip from the Model B+. This is the perfect board if you're looking for the power of the B+ with less power usage.
- The Brains - 64-bit SOC @ 1.4GHz - Using the same Broadcomm BCM2837B0 as it's brother board, the processor is a tried and tested option for maker projects.
- The Memory - 512MB LPDDR2 SDRAM - A slight downgrade from the B+, 512MB is more than enough for most projects.
- Connectivity - 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi & Bluetooth - Using the same specs as it's brother board, the A+ comes with 802.11.b/g/n/ac AND Bluetooth 4.2/BLE. That means your IoT projects can be tackled with this board.
- Interfacing with Maker Gear - 40 Pin GPIO - The GPIO is the same as all of the Pi's before it, meaning HATs, Pinouts and Adapter Plates all work the same way with the A+
- Seeing and Hearing the Pi - HDMI, DSI, CSI, 4 Pole Stereo and Composite Video - With HDMI you can connect right up to any modern screen, the DSI connector is great for using Maker displays, the CSI connector allows you to hook a camera right into the Pi, and there's more by way of composite video. You'll be seeing your Pi desktop with ease.
- Power - 5.1VDC @ 2.5A via micro-b USB - As is tradition, you can power the Pi Model A+ with any compatible micro-b USB cable and power source. We've got the official supply if you need something today.
Comparing the Pi Model A+ with the other Pi Boards
We got hands on with the A+ as soon as it arrived and did some side by side tests. We found that the A+ uses less power than the B+, but with almost identical performance. Read the full write-up here.
Cases and Accessories for the Pi 3 Model A+
We got our 3D Printing guru to whip up a case for the A+ as soon as it landed, it's got everything you need to enclose your Pi safely. However, most of the original A+ cases will fit the new board quite well. So that's a plus.
Setting up your Pi 3 Model A+
Once you get your Pi 3 Model A+, you're going to want to use it. We did the same thing, and wrote a handy guide on the process so that you can follow along and get going as soon as possible.
- Processor: Broadcom BCM2837B0, Cortex-A53 64-bit SoC @ 1.4 GHz
- Memory: 512MB LPDDR2 SDRAM
- Connectivity: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz IEE 802.11.b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2/BLE
- Access: Extended 40-pin GPIO header
- Video & sound: 1 × full size HDMI, MIPI DSI display port, MIPI CSI camera port, 4 pole stereo output and composite video port
- Multimedia: H.264, MPEG-4 decode (1080p30); H.264 encode (1080p30); OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0 graphics
- SD card support: Micro SD format for loading operating system and data storage
- Input power: 5 V/2.5 A DC via micro USB connector, 5 V DC via GPIO header
- Environment: Operating temperature, 0–50°C
- Compliance: For a full list of local and regional product approvals, please visit: www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-3-model-a-plus
- Production lifetime: The Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ will remain in production until at least January 2023
- DImensions: 55mm x 65mm , if you need more look at the product brief below for full technical drawings.
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Documentation and Resources:
- Raspberry Pi Workshop for Beginners
Welcome to the Raspberry Pi Workshop for Beginners! Here you'll be able to follow along with our series of bite-sized videos that cover everything you'll need to know to get started with your Raspberry Pi, and start making awesome projects. My name...
- Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi 3A+
There is a new board in the Raspberry Pi family! In this Tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to set up your new Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+.To setup your Raspberry Pi 3A+ you will need: A Raspberry Pi 3A+ A Preloaded NOOBS SD Card A power ...
- How to 3D Print Your Own Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Case
So you've got your Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ and need a case to house it in. In this short guide we're going to step through the considerations you should take when designing your own case, as well as provide you with all the files you need to 3D print...
- How to Connect to your Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Remotely Using SSH
Sometimes a good Raspberry Pi project needs to be in a place that just hard to reach. The Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ has a small form factor and is well suited for being tucked away inside a box, ceiling, or wherever your project demands. It's not pra...
- Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Comparison
There is a new Raspberry Pi! The long-awaited upgrade to the Rasberry Pi 1 Model A+ (Rpi1 A+). In this article, we are going to look at how much improvement the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ (Rpi3 A+) is over the Rpi1 A+ as well as how it stacks ...
- WS2812 / NeoPixel Addressable LEDs: Raspberry Pi Quickstart Guide
This tutorial is aimed at getting some instant gratification from your WS2812 LEDs (also known as NeoPixels). We'll briefly cover a bare-bones setup for Raspberry Pi. This tutorial will work with ANY model Raspberry Pi, the Zero WH, 3B+ or 3A+ (as we...
- Rain Gauge Data Logger
Summary A Raspberry Pi 3B is used to collect digital counts from an electronic rain gauge (1mm of rain per reed switch closure by magnetic see-saw). It has been running without issues for over 12 months. A UPS powers the Pi so it is immune from short power glitches. The total count is displayed on an LCD screen with reset and inc/dec test buttons. “To HTML” and “To LCD” routines are also included to simp...
- Television Media Centre
Introduction: I have a flat screen television that is about 7 years old that I purchased before Smart TVs were commonly available. What I wanted to achieve with My Pi project was to turn my slightly old TV into a media centre. I wanted to play music through my TV as well as play saved movies and stream internet content. It was important for me to be able to stream ABC iView and SBS On Demand as they provide a free service and ...
This is an awesome project that takes about 6 hours to complete. Hours upon hours of endless fun thereafter! Ideally, some prior soldering experience is advantageous but if you take your time and practice before you start it's beginner friendly! The battery will give just over 3 hours on a single charge and can be recharged via the handy micro USB port. System updates, ROM transfers etc all possible with the Pi Zero W' built in...
- Mass SD card Image Writer
We've built a mass SD card writer using a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, some USB hubs and SD card readers. This beast has enough ports to write 49 SD cards at once! At Core Electronics, sometimes logistics hang-ups mean that suppliers cannot meet our demand for pre-flashed SD cards. During these periods we have to pick up the slack by manually imaging blank SD cards we source ourselves. Of course, this is a super-tedious process, and ...
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