Here’s a new series of single-board computers for your kids wanting to learn computers. Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized micro-controller with a very affordable price range.
The Raspberry Pi is a series of small single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and in developing countries.
I can say that the single-board microcontrollers are the future of computing, they are affordable and really easy to setup. With 700 MHz ARM CPU, it can perform almost all the tasks which a modern computer can and also you can make much more of it.
As it is a beginner’s guide so I’m not supposed to disclose all the features of it briefly but if you talk about the scope of Raspberry Pi then you’ve to know that this development board is at the top of all single board computers available in the market. This is due to the ease with which applications can be developed as well as a wide range of projects that can be built using this tiny little board. The cost of this board is very low when compared to other boards with the same specs.
Another reason why we say Raspberry Pi has a great future ahead is its active community. Raspberry Pi has an active community that supports young enthusiasts and hobbyists, helping with new Raspberry Pi Projects, developing newer boards and technology while still providing support to older Raspberry Pi versions – Software as well as Hardware.
In upcoming articles, I will be discussing all those amazing projects from a Home security appliance to the future of 3D printers and Holographic displays using Raspberry Pi.
If you own a Raspberry Pi, you not only get a fast micro-controller but also an energy-saving home server with almost infinite uses.
It stands out above all through the possibility of playing videos in 1080px resolution on a screen or television via an HDMI output and the surface called XBMC. This makes it an excellent media center for the living room.
In addition to being used as a Media Center, the Raspberry Pi can be used to implement your own projects. A variety of projects developed by a huge community can also be replicated. Some examples would be NAS or VPN server, Internet radio, as your own cloud, Apple Time Capsule alternative, or as door and house control.
The different versions
Raspberry Pi comes in a variety of different versions- all unique and has specifications and improvements one after another.
Rpi 1 Model B was the first model introduced by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and later on it gets improving model-by-model. It has an ARM CPU ranging from 700 MHz to 1.5 GHz also 256 MB SD-RAM to 4 GB RAM (shared with GPU).
The latest launched Raspberry Pi version is the Raspberry Pi 4 which comes with all 1 GB, 2 GB, and 4 GB RAM and a 1.5 GHz processor. It is also had a dual-display feature by which you can experience the dual desktop on a single micro-controller.
My personal favorite model of Raspberry Pi is the Rpi 3 Model B which is a much affordable one as compared to the Raspberry Pi Model 4 and gives you a full computer-friendly desktop environment.
A single Raspberry Pi microcontroller board contains:
- GPIO pins(Headers)
- USB ports
- Audio out
- Status LED (indicates whether on or off)
- SD-Card slot (to install image file)
- Ethernet port
- A DSI display connector
- CSI camera connector
- HDMI display output
- Micro USB Power (C-type in Model 4)
- RCA video out(which can also be used for connecting an additional display)
- DSI camera port
Also, some additional components depending upon the models like wifi and Bluetooth (BROADCOM), etc.
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