La Frite vs Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+, New Rewards with WiFi and Bluetooth
Raspberry Pi Foundation recently announced the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ to succeed their Raspberry Pi 1 Model A+ model. It comes with 512MB of RAM, quad-core CPU, 40-pin GPIO header, 1T1R dual-band WiFi + Bluetooth 4.2, HDMI, CVBS, and USB Type A port.
For comparison sake we will list out the pro and cons in as neutral analysis as we can.
Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Pros as compared to La Frite
- Runs all existing Raspberry Pi software with minor modifications to the device-tree
- CVBS/HDMI/MicroUSB Power maintains the same layout as the Pi 3 Model B+
- MIPI CSI/DSI to utilize existing devices
- Integrated Certified Dual-Band 1T1R WiFi AC + Bluetooth 4.2
- MicroSD Card Slot (Non-UHS)
Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Cons as compared to La Frite
- Less RAM (512MB vs up to 1GB)
- Slower RAM by significant margin (1.6GB/s LPDDR2 vs 3.4GB/s DDR4)
- Hotter more power hungry SoC (40nm vs 28nm)
- Funky layout with no "forward" and "backward" direction
- Only 1 USB Port (vs 2 on La Frite)
- No IR receiver
- No eMMC for durable fast storage
- No Ethernet port
Not to be outdone on the wireless front, we are currently in the works of designing a wireless mezzanine for La Frite, Le Potato, Tritium, and Renegade. It is a 2T2R Dual-Band model with Bluetooth 4.2. It should be vastly superior in range and performance to the module found in the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+/B+. We will have it certified like all of our modules so easy integration with products.
The work is expected to be completed at the end of December and mass produced in January. We have also started designing a durable polycarbonate case like that for Le Potato for fulfillment in January. We have added two reward levels to include these new items.