Today, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ was released and will please anyone who has been hoping for a new smaller Raspberry Pi that has all the power of the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ but in a smaller form factor.
One of the coolest features of this new 3A+ Raspberry Pi is that you get the same 1.4GHZ clock speed, 5GHz wireless networking, Bluetooth 4.2 and more that are featured on its bigger brother the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B while having a much smaller package.
The Raspberry Pi 3A+ has most of the enhancements that the Raspberry Pi has received in the last two generations. It’s an excellent addition the Raspberry Pi family. Below is the list of important features the A+ has.
- A 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
- 512MB LPDDR2 SDRAM
- Dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2/BLE
- Improved USB mass-storage booting
- Improved thermal management
Like it’s predecessor, you will lose out on the four USB ports, and the Ethernet port. However, the smaller size is very appealing if you don’t need USB ports or Ethernet.
Also, like the Raspberry Pi 3, the 3A+ board is certified as a radio module under FCC rules, meaning you can utilize it in a product and not require to get it re-certified.
If you’re after the full specifications of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ board, then they are as follows.
- Broadcom BCM2837B0, Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.4GHz
- 512MB LPDDR2 SDRAM
- 4GHz and 5GHz IEEE 802.11.b/g/n/ac wireless LAN
- Bluetooth 4.2/BLE
- Extended 40-pin GPIO header
- Full-size HDMI
- Single USB 2.0
- CSI camera port
- DSI display port
- 4-pole stereo output and composite video port
- Micro SD port for loading your operating system and storing data
- 5V/2.5A DC power input
Raspberry Pi 3 A+ Case
Another cool announcement is that there is an official case for the 3A+ on the way. It is styled in the same way as the other official Raspberry Pi cases with the red and white theme. It looks sleek!
The new cases aren’t available for sale just yet but expect to see them for sale around the start of December. They’re perfect if you want a quality new case for the Raspberry Pi 3A+ that you know will fit it perfectly.
Last Iteration of the Classic Pi
Also mentioned in the announcement is that the 3B+ is the final iteration of the classic Raspberry Pi. The next step for the Raspberry Pi will likely feature new core silicon, on a new process node and new memory technology.
If you’re curious about the price, then you will be glad to know that you can pick this board up for $25 USD, which is $10 USD cheaper then its bigger brother the Raspberry Pi 3 B+. You can find it at the typical Raspberry Pi retailers.
If you want more information on the Raspberry Pi 3 A+, then be sure to check out the official Raspberry Pi website.