News of the latest Rasberry Pi 3 Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Faster Performance swept around the Internet like wildfire this last weekend, thanks to a published FCC docs showing a Pi with on-board WiFi and Bluetooth. While we thank the dozens of Hackaday readers that wrote in to tell us about the leaked FCC documents, our lips have been sealed until now. We’ve been doing a few hands-on tests with the Pi 3 for about two weeks now, and the reality of the Pi 3 is much cooler than a few leaked FCC docs will tell you.
The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is out now. This latest model includes 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 running at 1.2 GHz. It’s a usable desktop computer. Available now at the usual Pi retailers for $35.
The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B features a quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 clocked at 1.2 GHz. This puts the Pi 3 roughly 50% faster than the Pi 2. Compared to the Pi 2, the RAM remains the same – 1GB of LPDDR2-900 SDRAM, and the graphics capabilities, provided by the VideoCore IV GPU, are the same as they ever were. As the leaked FCC docs will tell you, the Pi 3 now includes on-board 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. WiFi, wireless keyboards, and wireless mice now work out of the box.
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The Raspberry Pi 2 (left) and the Raspberry Pi 3 (right). Physically, there are very few differences.
Raspberry Pi 3 — Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Although previous versions of Raspberry Pi needed USB adapters to get Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, credit card-sized Raspberry Pi 3 Model B has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetoothconnectivity.
The new version of the Pi supports 802.11n Wi-Fi (2.4GHz only) and Bluetooth 4.1, freeing up its four USB ports for other purposes.
The Raspberry Pi 3 is also getting a speed jump from a 32-bit processor, 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex A7, to a faster 64-bit processor, quad-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A53 CPU.
The new Raspberry Pi is expected to give 50 percent faster performance than the previous version due to architectural improvements and increase in clock speeds, says Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi.
At a launch event today the Raspberry Pi Foundation said it has worked closely with Microsoft to ensure full compatibility between the new Pi 3 board and Windows 10 IoT.
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B: The $35 MicroComputer
The Raspberry Pi 3 is still just $35, but might be the biggest when looking at its specifications:
- 1.2GHz Quad-Core Broadcom BCM2387 ARM Cortex-A53 processor
- Graphics upgrade from 250MHz to 400MHz Dual Core VideoCore IV GPU
- 802.11n Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.1 (Bluetooth Classic and LE)
- Support 1080p video at 60fps using the H.264 format, up from 30fps
- 1GB RAM (same as the previous version)
- MicroSD Card Slot
- Operating System: Operating System Boots from Micro SD card, running a version of the Linux operating system or Windows 10 IoT
- Ethernet connectivity remains at 100Mbps
- Requires a 2.5A input power
- Video Output: HDMI (rev 1.3 & 1.4, Composite RCA (PAL and NTSC)
- Audio Output: 3.5mm jack, HDMI, USB 4 x USB 2.0
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