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The Different Components of the Raspberry Pi 4

October 15, 2020

The Different Components of the Raspberry Pi 4

The Raspberry Pi 4 is the newest version of this multipurpose, maker-friendly computer board. It includes some significant upgrades that make it more powerful and versatile than previous iterations. We’ll cover the different components of the Raspberry Pi 4, so you have a better picture of its capabilities.

CPU and GPU

The CPU is the brains behind the Pi, so it’s a good part to examine first. In comparison to the previous processor in the Raspberry Pi 3, the new quad-core A72 processor is faster. It has a speed of 1.5GHz instead of 1.4GHz. This allows it to function even closer to an average full-scale PC without being as expensive. It can comfortably support office applications and web browsing in which the user opens up several tabs, whereas the older Pi systems slow down if you have too many tabs open. Furthermore, the GPU that the Raspberry Pi 4 uses is a VideoCore VI graphics processor that is the first in the Raspberry Pi models to support 4K video at 60 frames per second. This is a true milestone, as all other Pi systems have used the VideoCore IV up to this point.

RAM

A different component of the Raspberry Pi 4 that sets it apart from past versions is its RAM. Before, you were limited to 0.5GB, and later 1GB RAM. 1GB of memory is usually sufficient for electronic projects, but not for more complicated PC-like tasks. With the Raspberry Pi 4, you can choose between 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB RAM. In combination with the improved CPU, the larger RAM opens more possibilities for how you interact with the Pi, and you can select the amount that you need for your intended purposes.

Connection Components

Following the theme of making the Raspberry Pi 4 more akin to a full-fledged PC, it also has more connection components. The dual-band wi-fi that it supports is actually the same as the last update of the Raspberry Pi 3, called the Model B+, but it has Bluetooth 5.0 as opposed to Bluetooth Low Energy 4.2. On top of this wireless functionality, it has an Ethernet port, two USB ports that are perfect for a mouse and keyboard, a micro USB port for its power supply, two micro HDMI ports, an audio jack, and a CSI camera port. However you want to use it, the Pi 4 has pretty much every base covered.

To purchase a Raspberry Pi 4 in any of its three RAM variations, check out the Raspberry Pi project kits available on the Chicago Electronic Distributors website. We are a Raspberry Pi Approved Reseller, so you can be sure that we provide the highest quality products.




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