The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is here! It boasts improved performance, connectivity and power management with a 64-bit CPU and on-board WiFi and Bluetooth. The price is expected to remain at $35 which translates to £30 in the UK (inc VAT).
Here are the specifications :
- Quad core 1.2GHz Broadcom BCM2837 CPU (64-bit ARM Cortex A53)
- 1GB RAM
- BCM43143 WiFi (802.11n)
- Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
- 40 pin GPIO
- 4x USB 2 ports
- CSI camera port
- DSI display port
- MicroSD card slot
- 4 pole stereo and composite video port
- Upgraded Switched power source up to 2.4A
The main differences are the quad core 64-bit CPU and on-board WiFi and Bluetooth. The RAM remains 1GB and there is no change to the USB or Ethernet ports. However, the upgraded power management should mean the Pi 3 can make use of more power hungry USB devices.
In terms of size it is identical to the B+ and Pi 2. All the connectors and mounting holes are in the same place so all existing add-ons, HATs and cases should fit just fine although the power and activity LEDs have moved to make room for the WiFi antenna.
The permformance of the Pi 3 is roughly 50-60% faster than the Pi 2 which means it is ten times faster than the original Pi.
Not surprisingly Alex Eames of RasPi.TV has got a video of the new device :
and TheRaspberryPiGuy isn’t far behind with his take on the Pi 3 :
Rumours of a new Pi had started circulating a few weeks ago but were confirmed when a graphic was published showing the next issue of The MagPi. Coupled with details on the FCC site and inside the latest CPC catalogue the cat was well and truly out the bag and running down Twitter Street.
The specifications were available in a Farnell datasheet that has since been removed.
The datasheet incorrectly listed the processor as being an ARMv7 but as others have pointed it there is no 64-bit ARMv7 and it’s actually an ARMv8.
According to the Official Raspberry Pi blog there is Raspberry Pi 3 Model A on the way later in 2016.