Premier Farnell Launches New Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+

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Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ is ideal for use by educators and makers, who may not require multiple USBs, Ethernet connectivity and 1GB of RAM

Technology distributor Premier Farnell has released Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+, adding significant performance enhancements over the previous model.

The previous model, Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, was launched in March 2018.

The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ boasts a 64-bit quad core Broadcom BCM2837 processor running at 1.4 GHz. The board also adds dual-band wireless networking, delivering 2.4GHz and 5GHz IEEE 802.11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2 with modular compliance certification.  

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This allows the board to be designed into end products with significantly reduced compliance testing, improving both cost and time to market for professional developers.

According to the company, the board is ideal for use by educators and makers, who may not require multiple USBs, Ethernet connectivity and 1GB of RAM.

It also presents a cost-effective option for professional use, offering with the same modular compliance certification as the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, the company said.

New addition to Raspberry Pi 3 family

“The Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ is more affordable and accessible to the education, hobbyist and professional markets than ever before and is a great addition to the Raspberry Pi 3 family,”  said Peter Wenzel, Global Director of Raspberry Pi, Single Board Computers, and Software at Premier Farnell.

Eben Upton, CEO, Raspberry Pi Trading, added that the launch of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ fills a gap in the Raspberry Pi product line and upgrades their most competitively priced board with the power and processing speed of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.  

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ has the same mechanical footprint as the Raspberry Pi 1 Model A+ and will be produced until at least January 2023, Premier Farnell said in a press release.

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ is available to buy from Newark element14 in North America, element14 in Asia pacific, Farnell element14 across Europe and CPC in the UK and Ireland.

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