The Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. The new model comes with integrated 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity options. The built-in wireless feature allows the Raspberry Pi 3 to connect to the IoT devices as well as stream to Bluetooth headphones or speakers, Wi-Fi gateways and home cloud storage. Microsoft has also announced Windows 10 support for the new board via a new Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview update.
“The new Raspberry Pi opens up even more possibilities for IoT and embedded projects,” noted Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading. It is worth pointing out here that the previous Pi variants came with Ethernet ports and required additional hardware for wireless capabilities. The new model, however, does away the requirement of the new hardware, and aims to be the hub for smart homes with IoT devices, believed to be the next big thing in the tech industry.
The Raspberry Pi 3 is available for purchase via element14 and RS Components partners for $35 (approximately Rs 2,400). It’s notable the Raspberry Pi 2 is priced the same. The organization has confirmed it is not discontinuing the older Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+ and Raspberry Pi 2 Model B variants.
Raspberry Pi 3 Specifications and features: The Raspberry Pi 3 comes with improved performance as it features 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor. The organization claims it is 10 times faster than the Pi 1 variant. In comparison, the Raspberry Pi 2 comes with 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU. The device is powered by Broadcom’s latest BCM2837 processor, which is said to have the same architecture of the older BCM2835 and BCM2836 SoCs.
In terms of form factor, the Pi 3 has the same design language and functionality of its predecessors. One of the subtle changes are relocation of the LEDs, which is now on the other side of the SD card socket. This has been done to make some room for the wireless antenna. Though the device can be powered by a 5V micro-USB power adapter, a 2.5A adapter is recommended for power-hungry USB devices.
The new device comes with three new accessories – a 2.5A Raspberry Pi power adapter, a 16GB microSD card and a new Raspberry Pi 3 case.