Raspberry Pi, you heard a lot in your work, or YouTube tech videos or on the internet. Sometimes you thought what the hell is this thing. Why tech people love it? Why this device used on the Internet of Thing (IoT) projects? Don’t think so much, and I have all your answer. In this series, I will introduce you to Raspberry Pi 4 in a simple way. So, no more blah blah, time to dive in Raspberry pi 4.
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What is Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a series of small single-board computers which developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and developing countries.
More simple way, Raspberry Pi 4 is a small computer. It can do stuff as our daily computers do. It can easily fit in your hand. Don’t be fooled by its size. It can do more important things than their size.
Still confused. Ok, take a look at the hardware specs for the latest generation of Raspberry Pi.
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B Specification:
|Processor:||Broadcom BCM2711, Quad core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz|
|Ram:||1GB, 2GB or 4GB LPDDR4-3200 SDRAM (depending on model)|
|Connectivity:||2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0, BLE Gigabit Ethernet|
|USB:||2 USB 3.0 ports; 2 USB 2.0 ports.|
|HDMI:||2 × micro-HDMI ports (up to 4kp60 supported)|
|Ports:||2-lane MIPI DSI display port 2-lane MIPI CSI camera port 4-pole stereo audio and composite video port|
|Graphics:||OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics|
|SD card slot:||Micro-SD card slot for loading operating system and data storage|
|Pins:||Raspberry Pi standard 40 pin GPIO header (fully backwards compatible with previous boards)|
|Video:||H.265 (4kp60 decode), H264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode)|
|Power:||5V DC via USB-C connector (minimum 3A*) 5V DC via GPIO header (minimum 3A*) Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled (requires separate PoE HAT)|
|Operating System:||NOOBSRaspbianUbuntu MateUbuntu CoreUbuntu ServerWindows 10 IoT CoreOSMCLibre ELECMozilla Web ThingsPi NetRISC OSIchigo Jam RPi|
Note: all those info are taken from official raspberry pi website.
As you can see from the table it has a lot of juices😘. It also has another model, too, according to your needs. The standard model starts at $35. Pretty Cheap isn’t it☺.
What Raspberry Pi Models have been released?
There have been four generations of Raspberry Pis: pi1,pi2,p3 and pi4. Model A is a cheaper variant, and Pi Zero is a spinoff of the original Pi-1 generation, made even smaller and less expensive. Here is a snap of the model name, release date with Price.
|Model Name||Release Year||Price|
|Pi 1 Model B||2012||$35|
|Pi 1 Model A||2013||$25|
|Pi 1 Model B+||2014||$35|
|Pi 1 Model A+||2014||$20|
|Pi 2 Model B||2015||$35|
|Pi 3 Model B||2016||$35|
|Pi Zero W||2017||$35|
|Pi 3 Model B+||2018||$35|
|Pi 3 Model A+||2018||$25|
|Pi 4 Model B||2019||$35|
Why should use Raspberry Pi?
You can do many things using raspberry pi. Some people use it to learn code, some other use for electronics for environmental projects.
For example, Suppose you want to learn the Linux operating system, and you are not familiar with it. Afraid of losing date from your pc when installing Linux os. The solution is simple. Some retailer sells raspberry pi with pre-install Linux os. You can learn Linux os or whatever without any worries. You can do many experiments with this and build new things.
What things can be done with Raspberry Pi?
There are many user case to do with raspberry pi. Here is top 10 things you can do with raspberry pi.
- Practice your command line skills
- Make a retro gaming console
- Build a music Box
- Automate your Home
- Make a Robot
- Create a tweet Bot
- Build a Server
- Make a media center
- Learn to program
- Host your websites.
The Raspberry Pi is a versatile machine and perfect for any kind of side project or hobby where cost, size and power consumption is a limitation. There is never a shortage of ideas as the ever-growing community of enthusiasts continue to find new and imaginative ways to put their Pi’s to work.
Our next part will cover how to setup up Raspberry pi 4. Stay tune.