Updated on June 25, 2024


Created on August 25, 2018

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

The Raspberry PI 3 Model is a low cost computer/development board with models. It was created by the Raspberry Pi foundation to promote computer science education.

Tested By
  • National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)
  • Raspberry Pi Foundation
Content Partners


Product Description

The Pi supports several variants of Linux and Windows IOT Core. It has become very popular with educators, hobbyists and commercial applications due to it’s low cost, power consumption and small size. The Model B is in it’s third generation and includes built in WiFi.

Target SDGs

SDG 4: Quality Education

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)


Distributors / Implementing Organizations

The Raspberry Pi foundation doesn't directly sell the Pi, but it is available from several international distributors:

  • - RS
  • - Adafruit
  • - Sparkfun
  • - and many more

Manufacturing/Building Method

The Raspberry Pi is manufactured both in the UK and China.

Intellectural Property Type

Select Type

User Provision Model

The Raspberry Pi foundation doesn't directly sell the Pi, but it is available from several international distributors:

  • - RS
  • - Adafruit
  • - Sparkfun
  • - and many more

Distributions to Date Status

In the last five years there have been over 12.5 million Raspberry Pi boards sold. The Pi 3B accounts for about 30% of that total according to the article.

Input ports


Type of computer

SOC (System on a Chip)

Output ports


Power source required (Y/N)

Yes, 5 V MicroUSB

Operating system and version

Raspbian or several other Linux distros available

Processing type (MHz)

1.2 GHZ quad-core ARM Cortex A53



GPU Acceleration (Y/N)

Yes, Broadcom VideoCore IV @ 400 MHz

Storage capacity (GB)

MicroSD Required for Pi 3 Model B – 8 GB recommended minimum

Network technology available (Y/N)

Ethernet, WiFi, and Bluetooth

Internet enabled? (Y/N)

-Fixed or cellularInternet (Ethernet, WiFi, or Bluetooth)

-Standalone cellular (not connecting to Bluetooth cellphone) requires additional USB modem: Example Huawei USB modem

-Satellite communications requires an additional USB SDR: Example RTL-SDR

SMS enabled? (Y/N)

Requires additional USB modem: Example Huawei USB modem

Design Specifications

The Model 3 data sheet and primary documentation repository provides more detailed information. All of the software developed by the Raspberry Pi foundation is published as open source and is available on Github.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Raspberry Pi foundation provides support in the form of documentation and how-tos. Further technical support would have to be provided by a third party.

Replacement Components

There are replacement accessories, but due to the nature of SOC, there are no replacement components for the Pi.


The Raspberry Pi foundation has refreshed the hardware every 1-3 years. Minor revisions and feature additions can happen during this period.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The Raspberry Pi line of products is designed to enable access to computing to everyone. Their goal is to design and produce a SOC that is so cheap, that cost is not prohibitive to access.

Vetted Performance Status

Access to computer science learning or code camps have a positive impact on pupils confidence and skills in coding, IT and using computers 1



Complementary Technical Systems

The Raspberry Pi has a very large accessory market. Below are three of the top vendors:

  • - RS
  • - Adafruit
  • - Sparkfun
  • - and many more

Academic Research and References

Straw, S., Bamford, S. and Styles, B. (2017). Randomised Controlled Trial and Process Evaluation of Code Clubs. Slough: NFER.

Shivaraj B, Urs HN. Design of Intelligent Wireless Sensor Network System for Environmental Monitoring Applications Using Arduino and Raspberry PI. Proceedings of Second International Conference on Signal Processing, Image Processing and VLSI. 2015.

Bahrudin MSB, Kassim RA, Buniyamin N. Development of Fire alarm system using Raspberry Pi and Arduino Uno. 2013 International Conference on Electrical, Electronics and System Engineering (ICEESE). 2013.

“ROCK SBC Shop.” n.d. Rs-Online.Com. Accessed June 25, 2024. https://uk.rs-online.com/web/c/raspberry-pi-arduino-development-tools/rock-sbc-shop/

Adafruit Industries. n.d. “Raspberry Pi.” Adafruit.Com. Accessed June 25, 2024. https://www.adafruit.com/

“Raspberry Pi.” n.d. Sparkfun.Com. Accessed June 25, 2024. https://www.sparkfun.com/categories/233

“Arduino – Home.” n.d. Arduino.Cc. Accessed June 25, 2024. https://www.arduino.cc/

“BeagleBoard.” n.d. BeagleBoard. Accessed June 25, 2024. https://www.beagleboard.org/

“Tinker Board?AIoT & Industrial Solution?.” n.d. ASUS USA. Accessed June 25, 2024. https://www.asus.com/us/networking-iot-servers/aiot-industrial-solutions/all-series/tinker-board/

“Goal 4.” n.d. Sdgs.Un.Org. Accessed June 25, 2024. https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal4

Upton, Liz. 2013. “500,000 Pis in Wales.” Raspberry Pi. April 11, 2013. https://www.raspberrypi.com/news/500000-pis-in-wales/

Documentation: The Official Documentation for Raspberry Pi Computers and Microcontrollers. n.d. Accessed June 25, 2024. https://github.com/raspberrypi/documentation

“Sales Soar and Raspberry Pi Beats Commodore 64 —.” n.d. The MagPi Magazine. Accessed June 25, 2024. https://magpi.raspberrypi.com/articles/raspberry-pi-sales

“Raspberry Pi Hardware – Raspberry Pi Documentation.” n.d. Raspberrypi.Com. Accessed June 25, 2024. https://www.raspberrypi.com/documentation/computers/raspberry-pi.html

Raspberry Pi Ltd. n.d. “Raspberry Pi OS.” Raspberry Pi. Accessed June 25, 2024. https://www.raspberrypi.com/software/

“Raspberry Pi Documentation.” n.d. Raspberrypi.Com. Accessed June 25, 2024. https://www.raspberrypi.com/documentation/

“Raspberry Pi Documentation.” n.d. Raspberrypi.Com. Accessed June 25, 2024. https://www.raspberrypi.com/documentation/

“Compute Module Hardware – Raspberry Pi Documentation.” n.d. Raspberrypi.Com. Accessed June 25, 2024. https://www.raspberrypi.com/documentation/computers/compute-module.html

“Raspberry Pi Documentation.” n.d. Raspberrypi.Com. Accessed June 25, 2024. https://www.raspberrypi.com/documentation/

“About Us.” 2012. Raspberry Pi Foundation. January 11, 2012. https://www.raspberrypi.org/about/

“Product Information Portal.” n.d. Raspberrypi.Com. Accessed June 25, 2024. https://pip.raspberrypi.com/

Compliance with regulations

-Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive 2011/65/EU -Health and Safety (Art.3(1)(a)) -EN60950-1:2006 /A11:2009 /A1:2010 /A12:2011 /A2:2013 -EN62311:2008 Electronic and electrical equipment related to human exposure restrictions for electromagnetic fields (0Hz-300Ghz) -EMC (Art 3(1)(b)) -EN55032:21012; EN55024:2010 (with reference to EN301489-1v1.9.2 & EN301489-17v2.2.1) -SPECTRUM (Art 3(2)) -EN300 328 v2.1.1 covering wide band transmission systems and data transmission equipment operating in the 2.4GHz ISM band. Full list of product compliance available on Raspberry Pi foundation's Compliance page

Evaluation methods

Academic Research

Comments from the Community

1 Comment

  1. Alex says:

    The Raspberry Pi is a world leading low cost computing device. It runs an open source operating system and offers minimal peripherals and hardware and can be used with TV or other visual display. The line of products are well respected and proven. Many use cases of extension of this hardware can be found and implemented for power users of computer hardware.

    While both devices are extremely competitively priced, they Model B is around $40 and the Zero W at $10. The Model B provides more capability for visual and multimedia purposes, including audio and video outputs and compatibility with other Raspberry Pi devices (although it is not clear that non Raspberry Pi peripherals are supported) such as touchscreen displays.

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