Items tagged with Raspberry Pi

When it comes to single-board PCs, the Raspberry Pi is by far the most popular device on the market, and has found uses in a number of different market sectors. However, there are also plenty of competitors out there that try to compete with the Raspberry Pi on price, or outdo it with regards to outright performance. The latest challenger to the throne comes from Radxa, which is launching its new Rock Pi X single-board PC. Unlike the newly released Raspberry Pi 4, the Rock Pi X doesn't make use of a quad-core ARM SoC; instead, it uses one of Intel's legacy Atom x5-Z8300 processors (Cherry Trail). This quad-core SoC originally launched over four years ago and has base/boost frequencies... Read more...
The Raspberry Pi 4 launched just a few months ago in late June, and represented the most powerful extension of the single-board PC concept to-date. The performance of the quad-core Broadcom BCM2711 Cortex-A72 SoC means that users can expect an increase in heat generated; especially when the system is overclocked. Although it seems a little comical to think of people overclocking a RPi, there are plenty of enthusiasts out there that need to eke out every last bit of performance for their applications. That's where the Blink Blink ICE Tower Fan comes into play. The cooler features a beefy radiator along with 5mm copper tubes and a 58mm fan. And in what is a bit of an overindulgence for... Read more...
Pine64 has made a name for itself by producing single-board PCs that are competitive with the incredibly Raspberry Pi family. Single-board PCs are well-known not only for their relatively affordable prices, but also their versatility when it comes to empowering new form-factors. Pine64's latest venture is with what it is calling the Pinebook Pro, which is a Linux-based laptop. The Pinebook Pro is said to offer performance comparable to that of the newly released Raspberry Pi 4, and features a hexa-core Rockchip RX3399 ARM64 SoC, 4GB of RAM and a total of 64GB eMMC storage. Given that this is a laptop, we should point out that it has a 14.1-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1080.... Read more...
Last November the refreshed Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ developer board landed on the market with a price tag of $25. A new version of the developer board has debuted called the Raspberry Pi 4 starting at $35. The Raspberry Pi 4 brings with it improved performance and more connectivity along withdual Micro HDMI ports supporting up to two 4K displays. Raspberry Pi 4 is powered by a Broadcom BCM2711 quad-core Cortex-A72 64-bit unit running at 1.5GHz. The Pi 4 can be fitted with 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB of LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM. Both 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz 802.11ac WiFi is supported along with Bluetooth 5.0 BLE. Wired connectivity support includes a gigabit Ethernet port, and the board has a pair of USB 3.0 ports... Read more...
Houston, we have a security issue (you thought we were going to say "problem," didn't you?). Actually, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has several security issues, according to an audit by the Office of Inspector General. Among other things, an examination of JPL's network security controls found that the division was the target of a cyberattack in April 2018, in which hackers exploited a Raspberry Pi computer to gain access to the network. Simply put, "the device should not have been permitted on the JPL network without the JPL Office of the Chief Information Officer's (OCIO) review and approval," the report states. Nevertheless, hackers leveraged a vulnerable Raspberry Pi to swipe 500... Read more...
When we last visited Raspberry Pi, the company launched its new Compute Module 3+ with a faster SoC, double the RAM and greater storage options. Today, the company is actually launching a first: an official keyboard and mouse. It’s surprising that it took Raspberry Pi so long to come up with its own official input devices, but here they are. The keyboard is available with a white deck and a red base. There is also some red detailing on a number of the keys to liven things up a bit along with a red USB cord to plug into your board.  The keyboard is also available in a solid black version (black keys, deck, and cord) if you prefer to go “stealth.” The keyboard... Read more...
The Raspberry Pi Zero (and its Zero W counterpart with wireless connectivity) are minuscule single-board computers that have various uses for coders and “makers” out there. The $5 price tag for the Zero and $10 price tag for the Zero W make them attractive for people whose performance needs aren’t too extreme. Now, there’s a new option that will allow you to use the Raspberry Pi Zero in a handheld form-factor, and it’s called the SnapOnAir Raspberry Pi Zero PCB. This printed circuit board will allow you to attach a Raspberry Pi Zero and turn it into something that resembles a BlackBerry smartphone from years past. In addition to the Raspberry... Read more...
Remote controlled cars are fun, but the ones you may have found at Toys R Us (RIP) back in the day do not hold a candle to the RVR Robot, the latest project by Sphero, a robotics firm that makes an assortment of fun gadgets. Pronounced "rover," the RVR is well on its way to being fully funded on Kickstarter. The RVR is a "go anywhere, do anything programmable" robot. It's a high-torque, all-terrain remote controlled vehicle, but unlike regular RC cars, it's armed with an assortment of sensors and built upon Sphero's Edu app. "RVR is more than just a fun, programmable robot—it’s also highly customizable. We’ve added some incredible features that open up a world of possibilities... Read more...
When we think of the Raspberry Pi single-board PC platform, we think of an efficient system running something like Raspbian. However, for those that have wanted to explore the vast world of Windows 10 with a Raspberry Pi, you’ve primarily been limited to restrictive builds like Windows 10 IoT Core. But a developer by the name of José Manuel Nieto is making it easy for you to install a slightly more mainstream version of Windows 10 on your Raspberry Pi 3. He has created the WoA installer, which is a quick and easy tool for creating a bootable Windows 10 on ARM image for Raspberry Pi.  Now we must forewarn you that Windows 10 on ARM first launched on systems... Read more...
We’ve got some great news today for those who are fans of Raspberry Pi devices. The company has announced the availability of its new Compute Module 3+.  Like the previous members of its Compute Module family, this newest iteration is intended for industrial use and will plug in to a Compute Module I/O board (CMIO). It improves upon its immediate Compute Module 3 predecessor with the quad-core Broadcom BCM2837BO ARM SoC that can also be found on the Raspberry Pi 3B+, however, it sees its maximum clock reduced from 1.4GHz to 1.2GHz. Going head-to-head with the previous generation model, the Compute Module can withstand higher thermal loads for longer periods of time before... Read more...
Raspberry Pi developer boards have proven to be very popular with folks looking to build a project that needs a power-efficient and modest performing single-board PC. Raspberry Pi unveiled its Raspberry Pi Model 3 A+ last month for $25. The success of Raspberry Pi has spawned similarly designed products from a number of competitors looking to cash in. However, a company called SinoVoIP is targeting a higher-end of the market with boards called Banana Pi that have been around for a few years. SynQuacer E-Series 24-Core Arm PC Motherboard Banana Pi boards are typically based on ARM core technology processors and are relatively inexpensive. The company behind the boards also has a somewhat... Read more...
The Raspberry Pi developer board has been around for a long time and one of the best things about it has always been its low price. The last new major model that we talked about was in March when the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ turned up featuring a 1.4GHz processor, integrated WiFi, and Gigabit Ethernet port onboard selling for $35. For folks who don't need that Ethernet port or the USB hub and would like to save a bit of cash to boot, Raspberrypi.org has announced the launch of a new version of the developer board called the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+. The Model A+ device sports a Broadcom BCM2837B0, Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit SoC that operates at 1.4GHz; the same processor in the model B+ device from... Read more...
When it comes to single-board computer, Raspberry Pi usually garners all of the headlines. Sure, there are competitors from the likes of Gigabyte and the Renegade Elite, but the Raspberry Pi family rules the roost. However, there is a new challenger to the throne and it's called the Rock Pi 4. At its heart is a 64-bit Rockchip RK3399 system-on-a-chip (SoC) which has a relatively beefy hexa-core design. There's a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 cluster combined with a dual-core 2GHz Cortex-A72 cluster in a big.LITTLE arrangement. There will be variants of the board available with either 1GB, 2GB or 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Meanwhile, Mali T860MP4 GPU is capable of supporting 4K60 video over... Read more...
Back in 2013, a company called Kano set out to teach kids and adults alike how to code with a simple computer and coding kit that appeared on Kickstarter. It received over $1.5 million in funding and has been shipping every since. Today, however, Kano is kicking things up a notch with the Computer Touch Kit, essentially the same computer and coding kit but now with a touchscreen. "Designed to help beginners of all ages to understand how a computer works, what’s going on behind the touchscreens that we use everyday, and how to create art, music, and games with code—the Computer Kit Touch is a DIY computer that we want you to touch," Kano explains. At its core, the Computer Touch Kit... Read more...
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