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Differences Between Raspberry Pi 2 and Arduino Tre

Raspberry Pi

In this blog post, we are discussing about the differences between the latest Raspberry Pi 2 and Arduino Tre. This post helps you get a better insight about their features and specifications.

Raspberry Pi 2

Raspberry Pi 2 is a fully functional computer, meeting all purposes and requirements. It features a fully fledged operating system loaded on an SD card. You can use SD cards as flash memory for the entire system. It comes with a dedicated processor, memory and a graphics driver for output through HDMI. It also runs a specially designed version of Linux operating system.

Raspberry Pi 2 employs a 32-bit RAM processor and is typically clocked at up to 1GHz and has up to 1GB of RAM. It comes with 900MHz micro processor and runs on a full range of ARM GNU/Linux distribution including Snappy Ubuntu Core and Microsoft Windows 10. It uses VideoCore IV 3D graphics processor and also features an Ethernet port, a full HDMI port and a jack for combined 3.4mm audio and composite video.


  • Easy to connect to internet
  • Can be programmed using several programming languages


  • Does not include built-in analog to digital converter
  • Hardware design is not open source

Raspberry Pi

Arduino Tre

Arduino is a programmable microcontroller and has been designed to read data from sensors, compute data and send it to a PC or output them. It executes written code as the firmware interprets it. It is a Sitara-processor-based Linux Arduino plus a full AVR-based Arduino. The first board was released in 2005 and Arduino Tre is the most powerful Arduino board. It comes with the ability to perform high-performance desktop applications, processing-intensive algorithms as well as high-speed communications. Arduino Tre is the first Arduino board manufactured in the U.S.


  • Easy to start and setup
  • Three microcontrollers dedicated for real-time applications
  • Hardware, software and IDE are open source
  • Accurate with sensitive applications


  • Connecting to internet is not that easy
  • Not as powerful as Raspberry Pi


Here, we list the differences between top model of Arduino and Raspberry Pi to grasp better idea of their specifications.

A quick look at Arduino Tre and Raspberry Pi 2:

Specifications Arduino Tre Raspberry Pi 2
Operating System Custom Linux
Microcontroller/Processor Atmel ATmega32u4 Microcontroller Broadcom BCM2836 Arm7 Quad Core Processor
Internet Via Shield Yes
Support Typical embedded system with easy to develop software Fully fledged computer running Linux
Ideal Ideal for controlling hardware Ideal for use in schools
Networking 10/100 Ethernet 10/100 Ethernet
Audio HDMI support and stereo analog audio I/O HDMI support and for output uses a standard 3.5mm jack
Power 5V power jack 5V power jack
USB Ports 1 USB 2.0 device port, 4 USB 2.0 host ports 4 x USB 2
Microcontroller Yes No
Price Not yet disclosed £26.60
Release Date Coming Soon February 2015
Provider Arduino Raspberry Pi

When to use which one?

If you have a project that requires limited hardware interaction but is slightly complex on software side, then Raspberry Pi 2 is a good choice.

When your project requires you to interact with complex external hardware, Arduino Tre is the best option. But when it requires writing complex software, Arduino Tre may not be the right choice.

In short, Raspberry Pi 2 is a good choice for high-performance, while on the other hand, Arduino Tre is a general-purpose brand.

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