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Raspberry Pi 3 Full Introduction

Raspberry Pi 3 Model

Raspberry Pi is a single board mini computer. By connecting peripherals like Keyboard, mouse, display to the Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi is popularly used for real time Image/Video Processing, IOT based applications, Hacking and Robotics applications.

Raspberry Pi is not fast as laptop/Desktop but still it is a computer which provides the all expected features in very low power consumption.

Raspberry Pi Foundation officially provides Debian based Raspbian OS. Also, they provide NOOBS OS for Raspberry Pi.

We can install several Third-Party versions of OS like Ubuntu,Kali, Archlinux, RISC OS, Windows 10 IOT Core, etc.

Raspbian OS it is the most famous and it is official Operating System available for free to use. This OS is efficiently optimised to use with Raspberry Pi. Raspbian also have GUI which the best thing & which includes tools for Browsing, Python programming,Hacking, office, games, etc.

Download for Ubuntu

Download for MacOs

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We have to use external SD card (minimum 8 GB recommended) to store the OS (operating System).

Raspberry Pi is more than computer as it provides access to the on-chip hardware i.e. GPIOs for developing an application. By accessing GPIO, we can connect devices like LED, motors, sensors, etc and can control them too. It is widely used in the network based projects.

It has ARM based Broadcom Processor SoC along with on-chip GPU (Graphics Processing Unit).

The CPU speed of Raspberry Pi varies from 700 MHz to 1.2 GHz. Also, it has on-board SDRAM that ranges from 256 MB to 1 GB.

Raspberry Pi also provides on-chip SPI, I2C, I2S and UART modules.

There are different versions of raspberry pi available as listed below:

  1. Raspberry Pi 1 Model A

  2. Raspberry Pi 1 Model A+

  3. Raspberry Pi 1 Model B

  4. Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+

  5. Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

  6. Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

  7. Raspberry Pi Zero

Out of the above versions of Raspberry Pi, more prominently use Raspberry Pi and their features are as follows:

Features Raspberry Pi B+ Raspberry Pi 2 b Raspberry Pi 3 Raspberry Pi zero

SoC BCM2835 BCM2836 BCM2837 BCM2835

CPU ARM11 Quad Cortex A7 Quad Cortex A53 ARM11

Op Freq. 700 MHz 900 MHz 1.2 GHz 1 GHz


GPU 250 MHz Vdcore IV 250MHz Vdcore IV 400 MHz Vdcore IV 250MHz Vidcore IV

Storage micro-SD Micro-SD micro-SD micro-SD

Ethernet Yes Yes Yes No

Wireless WiFi & Bluetooth No No No

Raspberry Pi board

Raspberry Pi 3 On-chip Hardware

The On-chip hardware of Raspberry Pi 3 (here) is as shown in below figure,

Some Hardware Components shown above are mention below:

  1. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface): It is used for transmitting uncompressed video or digital audio data to the Computer Monitor, Digital TV, etc. Generally, this HDMI port helps to connect Raspberry Pi to the Digital television.

  2. CSI Camera Interface: CSI (Camera Serial Interface) interface provides a connection in between Broadcom Processor and Pi camera. This interface provides electrical connections between two devices.

  3. DSI Display Interface: DSI (Display Serial Interface) Display Interface is used for connecting LCD to the Raspberry Pi using 15-pin ribbon cable. DSI provides fast High-resolution display interface specifically used for sending video data directly from GPU to the LCD display.

  4. Composite Video and Audio Output: The composite Video and Audio output port carries video along with audio signal to the Audio/Video systems.

  5. Power LED: It is a RED colored LED which is used for Power indication. This LED will turn ON when Power is connected to the Raspberry Pi. It is connected to 5V directly and will start blinking whenever the supply voltage drops below 4.63V.

  6. ACT PWR: ACT PWR is Green LED which shows the SD card activity.

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