It’s difficult to believe, but it’s four years since the Raspberry Pi Foundation gave the DIY computing scene a game changer and kick in the right direction with the launch of the Raspberry Pi Model B. It has been highly successfull and sold many units, but more importantly, there’s more new hardware for programmers to get their hands on. Introducing the Raspberry Pi 3: The first 64-bit computing board that comes along with WiFi and Bluetooth built in for $35/£30 price. The Board was launched on 29th Febuary’ 2016.
The Raspberry Pi 3 is an iterative update on one of it popular Model Pi 2. According to the Foundation CEO Eben Upton, team have been working for a year in the making of the Pi 3. Pi 3 has a quad-core 64-bit 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A53 chip replacing the 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU, which is 50 percent faster than its predecessor. “Our primary goal for moving A53 from A7 was to get better 32-bit core,” Upton told me. “A53 which runs in 32-bit mode outperforms A7 at the same clock speed by approx 20-30 percent.”
The Features of the Pi 3 is the built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, but that is not it! The complete specification is as below:
- SoC: Broadcom BCM2837 (roughly 50% faster than the Pi 2)
- CPU: 1.2 GHZ quad-core ARM Cortex A53 ARMv8 Instruction Set
- GPU: Broadcom VideoCore IV @ 400 MHz
- Memory: 1 GB LPDDR2-900 SDRAM
- Ports: 4 USB
- Network: 10/100 MBPS Ethernet, 802.11n Wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.0
The Pi 3 is exactly the one you would expect from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. No, the SATA or USB C or a PCIe connector is not there. The goal of the Foundation has to produce an inexpensive computer that can be affordable and used by everyone, and by adding these ports would only increase the price. Instead of pleasing only the power users, the Pi Foundation has done their best and went one to please anyone. Like the Raspberry Pi 2 release last year, the Raspberry Pi 3 features new CPU, Broadcom BCM2837 quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 which is running at 1.2 GHz.
While the most newsworthy around the pre-launch leak surrounding the Raspberry Pi 3 is about the added wireless functionality, the other overwhelming news is the upgraded CPU. the Cortex A53, the Raspberry Pi 3 has passed through the threshold. The Pi isn’t just a board that which is used to play retro video games anymore, and it’s also no longer confined to the duty as set-top box. The Raspberry Pi 3 is now a real computer.