Raspberry Pi is a low cost and small single-board computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It was developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and developing countries. Raspberry Pi model 2 and above costs around $25 i.e. 2499 to 2999.
The Raspberry Pi primarily uses Raspbian, a Debian-based Linux operating system. Other third party operating systems available via the official website include Ubuntu MATE, Windows 10 IoT Core, RISC OS and more to name.
But why the name is Raspberry Pi? A lot of computer companies were named after fruits. There’s Tangerine Computer Systems, Apricot Computers and yeah let’s not forget Apple. So Raspberry also belongs to the family of fruits but Pi is used because originally they were going to produce a computer that could only really run Python. So the Pi in there is for Python.
In this tutorial, we will first discuss the hardware specifications and then you will see the complete list of installing Raspbian OS and using various OS like Windows, Linux, Android and iOS to run as a monitor for Raspberry Pi.
In the above video, we have performed unboxing of Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and discussed the specifications. Do check it out! So let’s get started with the hardware specifications:
- Broadcom BCM2837 system-on-chip (SoC) includes powerful quad-core ARMv8 Cortex A53 processor clocked @ 1.2GHz with 32kB Level 1 and 512kB Level 2 cache memory.
- Dual-core VideoCore IV GPU operating @ 400MHz
- OpenGL ES 2.0 for 3D application, hardware-accelerated OpenVG for 2D vector and raster graphics (a dot matrix data structure, representing a generally rectangular grid of pixels), 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
- 1GB LPDDR2 RAM @ 900 MHz
- Broadcom BCM43438 chip provides 10/100M Ethernet, 2.4GHz 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1 classic radio support.
- Micro SD card for storage.
- 40 GPIO (general-purpose input-output ) pins
- MIPI DSI (Display Serial Interface) for Raspberry Pi touchscreen display
- MIPI CSI (Camera Serial Interface) for Raspberry Pi camera. MIPI (Mobile Industry Processor Interface) is a global organization that develops interface specifications for various purposes.
- 4 x USB 2.0 port
- SMSC LAN9514 chip connects to the SoC via a single USB channel, acting as a USB-to-Ethernet adaptor and USB hub.
- HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) 1.4 Port. It is a proprietary audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from an HDMI-compliant source device, such as a display controller, to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, etc.
- 3.5mm 4-pole stereo audio and composite video port
- Chip antenna soldered directly to the board capable of picking up wireless LAN and Bluetooth signals – even through walls. So no need for external antenna.
- Power Supply of 5V up to 2.4A via micro USB port.
So since we have covered the hardware section, it’s time to move to the software corner. We have already provided to-the-point and step-by-step instructions for using various OS device as a monitor for Raspberry Pi and how to install Raspbian OS in Instructables. Are you ready? Cool. Let’s go!
So that’s it for this tutorial and if you have any query while exploring these above links, then comment there. Peace. 🙂