With the fourth anniversary of the Raspberry Pi comes the newest version of the computer, equipped with a better CPU and wireless and Bluetooth capabilities. The best part is that Raspberry Pi 3 upgraded with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is shipping at the same price as its predecessor, $35.
Pi 3 has the size of a credit card and is sixty percent faster than the Pi 2, which had tremendous success in the past. According to Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton, this is the first time the computer can be considered a PC replacement.
In more details, the Pi 3 features a 64-bit CPU, Bluetooth 4 and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. The graphics processor is Broadcom VideoCore IV 3D that can play videos of 1080p at sixty frames per second. Furthermore, the computer is equipped with camera and display interfaces and forty GPIO pins.
The processor is a 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 with four cores and has been previously used in servers and mobile devices. Running at 1.2 GHz, it represents a huge step from the 32-bit Cortex-A7 with 900MHz.
Raspberry Pi users have been demanding the wireless connection for ages and now their wish has finally come true. However, Wi-Fi will also prove quite useful for the development of smart home automation and other devices related to the Internet of Things. For example, users will be able to connect Pi 3 to various appliances and systems that have Bluetooth and thus build their own personal smart home.
Apart from these changes, the other particularities have remained the same as in Pi 2: four USB ports, MicroSD, a HDMI port and Ethernet.
Upton has also stated that buyers who order the Raspberry Pi 3 will receive the computer in a couple of days, since on the launch date 200,000 computers will be ready to be shipped. After the release, about 100,000 devices will be manufactured each week.
Raspberry Pi 3 is compatible with Windows 10 IoT Core OS from Microsoft and several types of Linux such as Ubuntu.
The first Raspberry computer was released four years ago and has since achieved great popularity being used for the development of various gadgets, robots, electronics and a Bitcoin ATM.
On the other side, there are some aspects that are missing from Pi 3, such the ZigBee, essential for IoT and home automatization. However, Upton believes the future lies in Bluetooth and thus the feature was not included.
Raspberry Pi 3 is expected to fare well in the new age of technology and will surely prove of great use to many.
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