In honor of their fourth birthday, Raspberry Pi is celebrating by releasing something special. That’s right, the Raspberry Pi 3 is here! Let’s take a look at the 64-bit goodness baked into this new single board computer.
The form factor and connectors for the Pi 3 are exactly the same as the Pi 2. That being said, it seems that the creators decided to perform a few upgrades. First off, we get a new processor; no longer are we stuck with 32 bits. The new BCM2837 has a quad-core, 64-bit ARMv8 running at 1.2GHz. Additionally, the Raspberry Pi 3 has on-board WiFi and BLE (this is very handy for keeping those USB ports open). Finally, these new features will likely require more power, so we get a new switched power source that supports up to 2.5 amps. Best of all, the Raspberry Pi 3 is officially available for pre-order!
You want all that in table form to make it easier to read? Well then, you got it:
|Rasbperry Pi 2 Model B||Raspberry Pi 3 Model B|
|SoC||Broadcom BCM2836||Broadcom BCM2837|
|CPU||32-bit 900 MHz quad-core ARMv7||64-bit 1.2 GHz quad-core ARMv8|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB|
|USB 2.0 Ports||4||4||Ethernet||Yes||Yes||Audio Out||Yes||Yes||Composite Video Out||Yes||Yes||HDMI Out||Yes||Yes||CSI Camera Port||Yes||Yes||DSI Display Port||Yes||Yes||GPIO Pins||40||40||Storage||microSD Card Slot||microSD Card Slot||Power||5 V via Micro USB||5 V via Micro USB||Mounting||4x M2.5 mounting holes||4x M2.5 mounting holes||WiFi||No||Yes||Bluetooth Low Energy||No||Yes|
Looking to get started with the Rasbperry Pi? We’ve got you covered with videos and tutorials:
Raspberry Pi Twitter Monitor
Setting up Raspbian (and DOOM!)
The new Raspberry Pi 3 is available for pre-order now, and we anticipate shipping them soon!