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Raspberry Pi 3 & MathWorks Learn-to-Program Pack - Review


Product Performed to Expectations: 8
Specifications were sufficient to design with: 8
Demo Software was of good quality: 10
Product was easy to use: 10
Support materials were available: 10
The price to performance ratio was good: 10
TotalScore: 56 / 60
  • RoadTest: Raspberry Pi 3 & MathWorks Learn-to-Program Pack
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  • Evaluation Type: Development Boards & Tools
  • Was everything in the box required?: Yes
  • Comparable Products/Other parts you considered: Raspberry Pi 2
  • What were the biggest problems encountered?: License installation and boot issues

  • Detailed Review:

    NOTE: This roadtest is under progress, due to some error with edit/publish review, couldn't publish complete review, sorry for the inconvenience caused, I consider to publish complete report soon.


    I would like to thank Element14, Mathworks and the Pi producer for shortlisting me to write a review.


    Which components are shipped with the packet?


    I received packet as it is shipped by Element14 using UPS within a week.


    Software components:


    The packet contains Matlab Simulink student suite with license valid for an year. This suite includes the following tool boxes.


    Control System Toolbox

    Data Acquisition Toolbox

    DSP System Toolbox

    Image Processing Toolbox

    Instrument Control Toolbox

    Optimization Toolbox

    Signal Processing Toolbox

    Simulink Control Design

    Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox

    Symbolic Math Toolbox


    To activate the license, need to login with already existing account or a new signup required. (While Installation, License should be set up properly).



    List of Hardware components with the shipping:


    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

    16GB microSD card with NOOBS

    adapter for microSD card

    Raspberry Pi Case

    A Universal Power supply 2.5Amp,5.1V with different adopters

    Micro USB cable

    user guide



    Raspberry Pi 3 specifications:


    SoC: Broadcom BCM2837

    CPU: 4× ARM Cortex-A53, 1.2GHz

    GPU: Broadcom VideoCore IV

    RAM: 1GB LPDDR2 (900 MHz)

    Networking: 10/100 Ethernet, 2.4GHz 802.11n wireless

    Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1 Classic, Bluetooth Low Energy

    Storage: microSD

    GPIO: 40-pin header, populated

    Ports: HDMI, 3.5mm analogue audio-video jack, 4× USB 2.0, Ethernet, Camera Serial Interface (CSI), Display Serial Interface (DSI)


    components and their placement in the pcb:

    Pi3 Breakout Feb 29 2016.png

    Raspberry Pi 3 model B GPIO:

    Image result for raspberry pi 3 gpio


    Comparing different versions of raspberry Pi:




    To boot the device need an additional hardware like display, usb mouse and keyboard, a HDMI cable, maybe a heat sink however these are not supplied with the kit.

    Provided uSD card is installed with NOOBS, the Pi 3 fits properly and rest into the case, connected Display, mouse and keyboard as shown below.


    Then appeared the following error unexpectedly, i think this is because of the deviceis not properly shut down, may be the Root file system is corrupt


    After clicking close button and waiting for several hours also the Image doesn't boot, that pisses anyone off for a while.

    Can't boot up the device and couldn't see anything moving forward, So now need to format uSD and dump the image again to the uSD to boot properly


    A long pause for unnecessary error.




    To boot



    To connect Raspberry Pi from putty or Linux Terminal:



    How to debug Raspberry Pi:



    Serial port settings



    Loading OS image


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