The Raspberry Pi 3 released with 64 bit processor, built in WiFi and Bluetooth
The Raspberry Pi 3 has been released with the budget pocket-sized computer now boasting a 64bit quad-core processor, built in 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. All for the same price as the previous model.
The latest iteration of the best-selling Raspberry Pi comes just over a year after the release of the Raspberry Pi 2.
The Raspberry Pi 3 features a faster processor running at 1.2Ghz which is said to give the new Pi a roughly 50-60% increase in performance compared to the to the Raspberry Pi 2, and 10 times the performance of the original Raspberry Pi.
The new board looks almost identical to the previous model, with the exception of the power and status LEDs being moved to the other side of the SD card slot to accommodate the added Wifi antenna.
In the announcement of the Raspberry Pi 3, the Raspberry Pi Foundation said it would continue to support the first and second generation models for "as long as there was sufficient demand". The Foundation has significant numbers of industrial customers who will likely wish to stick with the older hardware for the time being.
History of the Raspberry Pi
The original Raspberry Pi went on sale in February 2012 and has since gone on to ship over eight million units, including roughly three million units of Raspberry Pi 2. Those sales figures make it the UK’s best-selling computer of all time, overtaking the Amstrad PCW.
Initially launched with the goal of providing a low-cost computer for schools to teach pupils how to code, the Raspberry Pi has also become a favourite amongst slightly older users. For example, the small size and low power requirements make the Pi an ideal machine to power a living room multimedia centre or run a cheap web server.
Another popular use for the Pi is in home made systems requiring an embeddable computer. The Pi has been used for greenhouse monitoring, weather forecasting and a huge variety of other projects where traditional home computers would not be practical.