Is Arduino better than Raspberry Pi

Arduino or Raspberry Pi - what's the difference?

Ines Walke Chomjakov

The maker platforms Raspberry Pi and Arduino are generally very popular. But what is the difference here?

EnlargeWhile the Raspberry Pi is a small mini PC, the Arduino has a board with a microcontroller that can be programmed flexibly.

The two platforms for the DIY (Do It Yourself) community differ in architecture. With the Arduino, the hardware consists of a board with a microcontroller and analog and digital connections. In contrast, the Raspberry Pi is a one-chip system (SoC - System on Chip) and thus a small but complete computer. An Arduino is programmed directly in the development environment (IDE), while the Raspberry Pi with Linux has an operating system with a graphical user interface. Because the Arduino can be expanded as required with so-called shields (chips), the uses are almost limitless. In addition, the range of specialized libraries is huge. The platform is the choice to light up LEDs or drive a motor. The spectrum ranges from 3D printers to interactive art installations.

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The Raspberry Pi, on the other hand, is always ideal if you would otherwise use a computer for your project or need a connection to the Internet. In many cases, a combination of the two platforms is ideal - for example, to set and control settings via the Raspberry Pi, while the Arduino is responsible for collecting sensor data or operating devices.