Raspberry Pi 3 arrives with Wi-Fi and huge performance increase

The Raspberry Pi 3 has been announced, with the third iteration of the hugely popular mini-computer boasting 50% more processing power.

The latest Raspberry Pi is based on a Broadcom BCM2837 System on a Chip (SoC), which includes the 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex A53 processor, giving the Pi 3 its power boost.

The third iteration also adds built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth – both highly-requested features – while sticking at a low price of $35 (£30).

There’s also an integrated VideoCore multimedia coprocessor which will allow for a far more powerful graphical offering.

Raspian

There’s the expected Raspian OS, of course, while the Pi 3’s dimensions are, naturally, tiny – 85 x 56 x 17mm.

There’s a 40-pin GPIO (General Purpose Input Output) connector; four USB connector port; full-HD HDMI; 10/100 Ethernet; 3.5mm audio jack and composite video; camera (CSI-2) and display (DSI) interfaces; and micro-SD card slot.

“We are unveiling the third-generation Raspberry Pi four years to the day after the launch of the original Raspberry Pi board on February 29, 2012,” said Eben Upton, founder of Raspberry Pi.

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The Raspberry Pie 3 can be bought from the Pi Hut



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