On this day, February 29, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has released the newest model of their famous Raspberry Pi single-board computer in the United Kingdom for £35 at the Raspberry Pi Swag Store and all the major Raspberry Pi distributors.
Armed with a 64-bit Quad-Core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A53 processor, Integrated 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1, the Foundation has increased the power of the processor to a 64-bit and added another way to connect to the internet without the use of a separate USB wireless dongle. Even with these new features, the Raspberry Pi foundation has kept the 1GB RAM, the same amount of RAM as the Raspberry Pi 2.
Tech specs via Pimoroni:
- 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU (BCM2837)
- 1GB RAM (LPDDR2 SDRAM)
- Onboard Wireless LAN – 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n (BCM43438)
- Onboard Bluetooth 4.1 + HS Low-energy (BLE) (BCM43438)
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
- 10/100 Ethernet
- 40 GPIO pins
- Full-size HDMI 1.3a port
- Combined 3.5mm analog audio and composite video jack
- Camera interface (CSI)
- Display interface (DSI)
- microSD slot
- VideoCore IV multimedia/3D graphics core @ 400MHz/300MHz
With the new wireless connectivity on the Pi 3, the makers of the Raspberry Pi have installed a new SoC from Broadcom known as the BCM2837 which has the same architecture as its predecessors so there should be almost full compatibility with all previous projects and tutorials.
Even with the 64-bit CPU and new wireless card, the Pi 3 is compatible with a 5V micro-USB adapter but the Raspberry Pi Foundation has recommended that people use a 2.5A adapter just in case the Pi wants more power while connected to various USB devices.Do not worry if you are wanting something a little more affordable, Eben Upton, the Raspberry Pi founder has said that they will not be discontinuing previous Raspberry Pi models and will still keep both the Raspberry Pi 1 and Pi 2 and even the Model A+ as an entry-level Pi with its price tag of £20.
According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a new Compute Module 3 will be demoed in a few months and will probably sport a similar look and design as the previous module.
What do you think? The Pi zero coming out at the end of 2015 and the Pi 3 coming out today? Both are opposites but are here to reach one goal, make computers more affordable and accessible to everyone.
You can purchase the Raspberry Pi 3 at any Raspberry Pi partners or resellers and since the Pi 3 is relatively new, you will be using the 32-bit Raspbian for now while the Pi Foundation figure out how to modify the operating system for 64-bit machines.