Raspberry Pi 3

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!

Raspberry Pi 3

$ 39.95

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
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

How to use a Raspberry Pi to monitor Twitter for hashtags and blink an LED.

Setting up Raspbian (and DOOM!)

How to load a Raspberry Pi up with Raspbian -- the most popular Pi Linux distribution. Then download, compile, install and run the classic: Doom.

Raspberry gPIo

How to use either Python or C++ to drive the I/O lines on a Raspberry Pi.

The new Raspberry Pi 3 is available for pre-order now, and we anticipate shipping them soon!

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