This is a big birthday bash from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, just after exactly four years when the foundation unleashed the original 256 Raspberry Pi Model B. The foundation announced yesterday, the Raspberry Pi 3, their first 64 bit computing board comes with built-in Bluetooth and WiFi for the same $35 (£30) price as the previous Pi 2.
You shouldn’t be surprised to know that the Raspberry Pi 3 is basically an iterative update on the popular Pi 2. The Foundation is mediating the Pi 3 as opening up more possibilities for embedded process and IoT.
“This is the first Pi you can stick behind your TV and completely forget about,” said Eben Upton, founder of Raspberry Pi Foundation, while speaking with BBC.
“The two main things that people do with their Pi are use it as a PC replacement or use it as an embedded computer,” Upton added. “The Pi 3 is doubling down on both those things rather than going looking for new things to do.”
The Pi 3 comes with some great improvements over its predecessor. The 900 MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 has been replaced by an almost 50 percent faster quad-core 64 bit 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A53 chip. It also has the same 1GB of RAM that’s gone from 450MHz to 900MHz. Some other specifications are mentioned below:
- Broadcom BCM2387 chipset
- 4x USB ports
- 4 pole stereo output and composite video port
- 10/100 BaseT Ethernet socket to quickly connect the Raspberry Pi to the Internet
- Full size HDMI
- CSI camera port for connecting the Raspberry Pi camera
- Micro SD port to load your operating system and store data
- DSI display port to connect the Raspberry Pi touch screen display
- Micro USB power source
At the launch event the Foundation ensured that they worked closely with Microsoft to confirm full compatibility between Windows 10 IoT and the new Pi 3 board. You can purchase the Pi 3 right now from Element 14, RS Components and other usual stocklist.