Boards/Backplanes

RS, OKdo unveil Raspberry Pi-based starter kit

12th January 2021
Mick Elliott

RS Components and OKdo have exclusive availability of a starter kit based on the 8GB version of the latest Raspberry Pi single-board computer (SBC).

The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B with 8GB of RAM is the most powerful version of the Raspberry Pi SBC produced to date and the kit provides everything needed to take full advantage of that performance.

This includes a 32GB MicroSD card pre-loaded with Linux (NOOBS 3.1.1), a 5V power supply, HDMI and USB cables, an SD card reader, and an aluminium case with fan and heatsinks, along with OKdo’s ‘get started’ guide and ‘get inspired’ project handbook.

In addition to an aluminium case and cooling fan, the kit also includes three heatsinks that can be attached directly to the board’s processor, the RAM and the USB controller.

These hardware features enable users to make full use of the processor’s maximum operating speed of 1.5GHz.

With 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM memory, the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B supplied in the kit can outperform many desktop PCs. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B also features two micro-HDMI ports, meaning it can drive two external displays at the same time at up to 4Kp60 resolution. The two micro-HDMI to HDMI leads supplied in the kit allow users to make use of this new feature for even easier connection.

The processor on the SBC is the Broadcom BCM2711 is a quad-core processor featuring four Arm Cortex-A72 64-bit cores based on the Armv8 architecture.

Furthermore, the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B extends its interface options and now offers two USB 3.0 ports alongside the two USB 2.0 ports.

This is complemented by 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0 BLE wireless connectivity, as well as Gigabit Ethernet.

The development kit with 8GB RAM, developed by OKdo and available exclusively through OKdo and RS globally, gives makers and engineers easy access to a powerful SBC.

It can form the basis for the latest and most demanding applications in the fields of AI, robotics and Industry 4.0.

Despite this high performance, it still provides easy access for educators and students a way to explore the highest level of processing performance at an entry-level price.

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