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Raspberry Pi: Everything we need to know

The Raspberry Pi craze is a small over 5 years old, and it shows no pointer of stopping. What began as a stripped-down, uber-cheap, credit-card sized PC meant to learn programming to children has morphed into a go-to resolution when we need a petite workhorse PC.

But a Raspberry Pi’s biggest explain to celebrity is a hardware-hacking disturb it set off. You’ll find all kinds of furious Raspberry Pi projects online, from electric skateboards to unconstrained remote-control inclination and home automation hacks like sorcery mirrors. Many people also use a Raspberry Pi in some-more unsentimental ways, such as a home museum PC, a retro gaming console, or a networked record server.

Curious? Here’s all we need to know about a Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi specs

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The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

The Raspberry Pi has undergone radical changes in a 5 years given a initial inclination came out. The early Raspberry Pi play had a unaccompanied USB port, a 700MHz processor, 256MB of RAM, and no wireless connectivity built in.

The latest residence is utterly a step adult compared to those early designs. The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B sports a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU interconnected with a plain Broadcom VideoCore IV graphics processor, 1GB of RAM, a microSD port, 4 USB ports, and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

“The Raspberry Pi 3’s opening is finally good adequate to concede it to duty as a simple PC, rather than being limited to wild builder projects or more practical purpose-driven unaccompanied uses,” we wrote in PCWorld’s Raspberry Pi 3 Model B review.

You’ll also find a full-size HDMI port, ethernet, and a 40-pin GPIO header onboard for determining those outlandish builder projects.

Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi Zero is generally tiny.

Two lower-cost models also seemed recently: a Raspberry Pi Zero and Raspberry Pi Zero W. Both are slower than a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, though still 40 percent faster than a strange Pi. The Zero hardware tends to be used mostly for hardware hacking projects as against to PC replacements.

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