For five years, the Raspberry Pi has been a great success according to the release of different versions that have determined its history. The company Raspberry Pi has just added a new version to its range by launching its latest nanocomputer model: the Raspberry Pi 3 A +. It had been four years since a lite version had not been released. I propose a zoom on the Raspberry Pi 3 A +
what is Raspberry Pi?
Miniature computers (nanocomputers), the Raspberry Pi have been designed to serve learning programming. Very simplistic in their structure they put around the processor and the motherboard the only essential components to enable it to work well (memory, connectivity, power). The device is very compact and consumes very little energy.
These nanocomputers open up a lot of possibilities as you can discover on many dedicated websites. The essential source of information is the official Rasberry Pi portal.
The characteristics of Raspberry Pi 3 A +
Raspberry Pi 3 Model A + incorporates most of the net improvements made to its big brother, Raspberry Pi 1 B +and includes:
- ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core 1.4 GHz 64-bit processor
- SDRAM LPDDR2 of 512 MB
- Dual 802.11ac Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2 / BLE
- HDMI port with 1080p30 H.264 and MPEG-4 decoding
- Composite video and stereo outputs on 4-pole 3.5mm jack
- MIPI-DSI display
- MIPI-CSI camera with 1080p30 H.264 encoding
- USB 2.0 host port
- Micro-USB device port for power
- Power supply – 5V / 2.5A DC input via micro-USB or GPIO connector
- Dimensions – 65 x 56mm
- Improved USB mass storage boot
- Improved thermal management
What to do with a Raspberry Pi 3 A +
Can this little device really act like a desktop? As a server? As a radio station? Yes, he can! It is also possible to exploit and activate your own electronic creations by taking care to follow all the advice of this PCB design blog.
To help you, we have gathered 5 excellent uses of Raspberry Pi 3 A +:
- Retro game: You can turn your Raspberry Pi into a retro game console. Instructions are available on the Internet to find out how to do it. It does not take more than 30 minutes.
- Tablet: You can turn your Raspberry Pi 3 A + into a tablet using a touch screen.
- Desktop PC: The Raspberry Pi 3 A + can be a useful desktop computer if properly configured. For your Raspberry Pi to become a desktop PC. You will need other gadgets than RPi itself, such as a screen, a mouse, a keyboard …
- Cloud Server: With your RPi. You can have your own cloud server, like Dropbox, to store and access your data. For that, you need the cloud software that will run on the Raspberry Pi 3 A +.
- Web Server: The Raspberry Pi 3 A + is a great alternative for launching a lightweight web server. It can handle a small amount of traffic and you can learn web programming languages such as HTML, CSS, PHP, and MySQL. He can even manage WordPress. If you want to start your own blog/website, you can do it easily.
Install Windows 10 on a Raspberry Pi 3 A +
The great news is the appearance of a simple way to install Windows 10 on a Raspberry Pi. Indeed it is possible to install a Windows IoT version but it is not a mainstream operating system and is rather intended for professionals. Thus the provision of an application called WOA Deployer for Raspberry Pi 3. Discover below the two methods of installing Windows 10 on your nanocomputer to choose according to your needs.
Install Windows 10 on a Raspberry Pi3 A + with WOA Deployer
For this installation, you will have to go to the Github page of the development team to follow the tutorial and download the appropriate Windows image from the WOA Deployer for Raspberry Pi 3 application.
Install Windows IoT on a Raspberry Pi3 A +
On your computer, insert a microSD card and:
- Access the Windows 10 Development Center.
- Click Get Windows 10 IoT Core Dashboard to download the necessary application.
- Install the app and open it.
- Select configure a new device in the sidebar.
Make sure you select the correct drive for your microSD card and give your device an administrator name and password.
Select the Wi-Fi network connection to which you want to connect your Raspberry Pi if necessary. Only the networks to which your PC connects will be displayed.
- Click download and install.
The application will now download the necessary files from Microsoft and send them to your microSD card. It will take a little while but the dashboard will show you progress.
Once the image is installed on the microSD card. It’s time to eject it from your PC and switch to Raspberry Pi.
- Start by connecting the micro USB cable and the power supply.
- Connect the HDMI cable to the Raspberry Pi 3 A + and your display.
- Insert the micro SD card from above into the slot of your Raspberry Pi 3 A +.
Once started, you can return to the dashboard application on your PC and your Raspberry Pi will be listed as one of your devices.
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