The official Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a new addition to their range of Raspberry Pi mini PCs with the launch of the Raspberry Pi 3 which is now available to purchase for $35 with built in wireless connectivity.
The foundation has launched the new Raspberry Pi 3 to celebrate its fourth birthday and have equipped the new hardware with a new 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor that is capable of providing 10 times the performance of the original Raspberry Pi mini PC.
The Raspberry Pi Model A+ will continue to be the entry-level Raspberry Pi and ism still priced at $20 and the Foundation is expecting to introduce a new BCM2837-based Compute Module 3 in the next few months. The official Raspberry Pi website explains more about the new development board.
For Raspberry Pi 3, Broadcom have supported us with a new SoC, BCM2837. This retains the same basic architecture as its predecessors BCM2835 and BCM2836, so all those projects and tutorials which rely on the precise details of the Raspberry Pi hardware will continue to work.
The 900MHz 32-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU complex has been replaced by a custom-hardened 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53. Combining a 33% increase in clock speed with various architectural enhancements, this provides a 50-60% increase in performance in 32-bit mode versus Raspberry Pi 2, or roughly a factor of ten over the original Raspberry Pi.
Raspberry Pi 3 is available to buy today from our partners element14 and RS Components, and other resellers. You’ll need a recent NOOBS or Raspbian image from our downloads page. At launch, we are using the same 32-bit Raspbian userland that we use on other Raspberry Pi devices; over the next few months we will investigate whether there is value in moving to 64-bit mode.
We have a lot of industrial customers who will want to stick with Raspberry Pi 1 or 2 for the time being. We’ll keep building these models for as long as there’s demand. Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+ and Raspberry Pi 2 Model B will continue to sell for $25 and $35 respectively.
For more information on the new Raspberry Pi 3 jump over to the official Pi Foundation website for details via the link below.
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