A new $25 Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ has been released, which sits between the entry-level $5 Raspberry Pi Zero and the high-end $35 Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ in terms of price, functionality and size.
Model A+ features the same 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless networking as Model B+, but omits wired Ethernet connectivity and has half the memory capacity. At 65x56mm, its compact footprint makes it ideally suited to applications such as robotics, where both size and performance matter. The $10-per-unit saving compared with Model B+ means that mass deployments in factory automation, industrial monitoring and process control will realise significant cost savings.
The dual-band wireless LAN comes with modular compliance certification, which allows the board to be designed into end products with significantly reduced compliance testing, improving both cost and time to market.
Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi (Trading), said, “The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ hits the sweet spot between the Raspberry Pi Zero and the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. For industrial users who do not require the wired networking and 1GB of RAM offered by its larger sibling, Model A+ will deliver the required functionality but at a lower unit cost: when you’re buying in bulk that’s going to make a big difference.”