Introduction to Raspberry Pi

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Introduction to Raspberry Pi

  • Raspberry is a reference to a fruit naming tradition in the old days of microcomputers. A lot of computer companies were named after fruit. There’s Tangerine Computer Systems, Apricot Computers, and the old British company Acorn, which is a family of fruit.
  • And of course there’s also: BlackBerryCherry Corporation(now known as ZF Electronics), Papaya Studio, etc.
  • “Pi is because originally we were going to produce a computer that could only really run Python. So the Pi in there is for Python. Pi=PYTHON INTERPRETER
  • TheRaspberry Pi is a series of small single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and in developing countries.
  • The original model became far more popular than anticipated,selling outside of its target market for uses such as robotics.
  • Peripherals (includingkeyboardsmice and cases) are not included with the Raspberry Pi. According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, over 5 million Raspberry Pi have been sold before February 2015, making it the best-selling British computer.
  • By November 2016 they had sold 11 million units.

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  • Several generations of Raspberry Pis have been released.
  • The first generation (Raspberry Pi 1 Model B) was released in February 2012.
  • It was followed by a simpler and inexpensive model Model A.
  • In 2014, the foundation released a board with an improved design in Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+.
  • These boards are approximately credit-card sized and represent the standardmainline form-factor.
  • Improved A+ and B+ models were released a year later. A“compute module” was released in April 2014 for embedded applications, and a Raspberry Pi Zero with smaller size and reduced input/output (I/O) and general-purpose input/output (GPIO) capabilities was released in November 2015 for US$5.
  • TheRaspberry Pi 2 which added more RAM was released in February 2015.
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B released in February 2016, is bundled with on-boardWiFiBluetooth and USB boot capabilities.
  • As of January 2017,Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is the newest mainline Raspberry Pi. Raspberry Pi boards are priced between US$5–35.
  • As of 28 February 2017, theRaspberry Pi Zero W was launched, which is identical to the Raspberry Pi Zero, but has the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality of the Raspberry Pi 3 for US$10.
  • All models feature aBroadcom system on a chip (SoC), which includes an ARM compatible central processing unit (CPU) and an on-chip graphics processing unit (GPU, a VideoCore IV).
  • CPU speed ranges from 700 MHz to 1.2 GHz for the Pi 3 and on board memory range from 256 MB to 1 GB RAM.
  • Secure Digital(SD) cards are used to store the operating system and program memory in MicroSDHC sizes.
  • Most boards have between one and four USB slots,and composite video output, and a 3.5 mm phono jack for audio.
  • The Foundation providesRaspbian, a Debian-based Linux distribution for download, as well as third party UbuntuWindows 10 IOT CoreRISC OS, and specialized media center
  • It promotes Python and Scratch as the main programming language, with support for many other languages.
  • The Raspberry Pi may be operated with any genericUSB computer keyboard and mouse.
  • Other peripherals can be attached through the various pins and connectors on the surface of the Raspberry Pi.


Introduction to Raspberry Pi
Introduction to Raspberry Pi

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