Raspberry PI 3 Model A+ datasheet

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In my previous posts we have seen how a Raspberry Pi Zero W can be useful for many funny projects. We have used it to realize a media center,  setup a web server to support your personal blog, setup a private mail server, or control a stepper motor for your first robotics project.

But not all people know that there is an amazing alternative from Raspberry Pi Foundation that enriches low range hardware with a more powerful low cost PI: Raspberry PI 3 Model A+.


Main difference between Raspberry Pi Zero and Pi 3 model A+ reside in its CPU: Raspberry PI 3 Model A+ integrates a 4 core Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.4 GHz. This allows RPI 3 Model A+ to better answer to projects which require more CPU power (like cryptomining projects). Moreover, the single USB 2.0 port helps with those projects requiring higher I/O throughput (like OctoPI project to control 3D printers).

At the end, RPI 3 A+ is more similar to PI 3 Model B. A+ have less RAM (512 MB compared with 1GB for B), less USB ports (1 compared with 4) and misses of Ethernet ports, having only WiFi (2,4 and 5 GHz) and Bluetooth. Raspberry PI 3 Model A+ also uses less power compared to PI 3 Model B (350 mA compared to 500mA) and is cheaper.

RPI 3 A+ also embed a standard 40-pi GPIO header to interface external world. It has been launched in 2018.

Hardware datasheet

So, Raspberry PI 3 Model A+ hardware features are summarized below:

  • Processor: Broadcom BCM2837B0, Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit SoC
  • Clock speed: 1,4 GHz
  • RAM: 512MB LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • Built-in Wireless: 2.4GHz and 5GHz IEEE 802.11.b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2/BLE.
  • Storage: micro-SD
  • Display and Audio: Full-size HDMI, DSI display port and 4-pole stereo output and composite video port
  • USB Port: Single USB 2.0 port
  • Power input: 1 x micro-B USB for power (no data)
  • Camera interface: CSI camera connector
  • GPIO: Extended 40-pin GPIO header
  • Compatibility of GPIO: Compatible with existing HAT addons
  • Dimensions: 65mm x 56,5mm x 5mm

Recommended accessories

To make Raspberry PI 3 Model A+ working, you will need to have also te following accessories:

Remember the importance of the correct Power Supply and microSD performance class (their impact on overall performances are described in one of my previous articles).

Once acquired, he next step could be installing its base OS (Raspbian Buster lite) or use alternative ligth OSs (like DietPI).

What Can I Do With A Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+?

Below a projects list you can try with this board. You can setup all Pi Zero projects with the same procedures plus a number or addicting cool projects. Find more in peppe8o Home Page.

Enjoy!