Ahead of this weekend’s 4th birthday of the original Raspberry Pi, RS-Components announced the availability of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B in South Africa.

Raspberry Pi 3 Launched in SA-01

The original Raspberry Pi Model B launched on 29th February 2012 with 256MB on-board memory with only 10,000 units scheduled to be produced for sale, of which only 2,000 were delivered to RS-Components in the back of the developers’ car. The demand for the unit was overwhelming, and has, to date, shipped over 5 million units, 30,000 in South Africa alone, across its spectrum of Pi units, despite the weakened Rand.

Raspberry Pi 3 Launched in SA-02

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is available online at RS-Components for R642, compared to the dollar price of $35. The units has the following specifications:

ProcessorBroadcom BCM2387 chipset, 1.2GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53.802.11 b/g/n Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1 (Bluetooth Classic and LE)
GPUDual Core VideoCore IV® Multimedia Co-Processor. Provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode. Capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24GFLOPs with texture filtering and DMA infrastructure
Memory1GB LPDDR2
Operating SystemBoots from Micro SD card, running a version of the Linux operating system or Windows 10 IoT
Dimensions85 x 56 x 17mm
PowerMicro USB socket 5V1, 2.5A

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