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Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
To celebrate its 4th birthday, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is releasing the Raspberry Pi 3! It’s 50% more powerful than the previous version, but above all comes already equipped with WiFi and Bluetooth! It's also compatible with the Pi2 accessories.
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Overview of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
Ten times more powerful than the original launched 4 years ago, this microcomputer certainly lives up to its name! Since launching its first microcontroller, the Raspberry brand has rapidly won the hearts of makers and academia alike.
What the Raspberry Pi 3 has that its predecessors did not:
The Raspberry Pi 3 is equipped with a quad-core 64-bit Broadcom BCM2837 ARM Cortex-A53 SoC processor running at 1.2 GHz, making it about 50% more powerful than the Pi 2. Which means the new Raspberry Pi 3 can be used for office applications and web browsing.
The great innovation in this third version is undoubtedly the addition of a WiFi chip and Bluetooth Low Energy. This not only saves space (you no longer need to connect WiFi and Bluetooth dongles), but also frees up more USB ports for connecting other devices.
By adding these two features, Raspberry Pi has made it clear that this new version is geared to the Internet of Things (IoT) and home automation. The Raspberry Pi 3 is also compatible with Windows 10 IoT Core, an operating system designed for creating and developing applications destined for home automation, robotics and connected objects.
The Raspberry Pi 3 board is the same size as the Raspberry Pi 2 and has an almost identical connector and component configuration. “All that’s changed is the position of the LEDs, which have been moved to the other side of the SD card to make room for the WiFi antenna. All the connectors are in the same place and have the same functionalities.” So you can also use your Pi 2 and B+ accessories with the RasPi 3.
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Technical specifications of the Raspberry Pi 3 microcontroller
- Clock frequency: 1.2 GHz
- Chipset (SoC): Broadcom BCM2837
- Processor: 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53
- Graphics processor: Broadcom Dual Core VideoCore IV (OpenGL ES 2.0, H.264 Full HD @ 30 fps)
- Memory (SDRAM): 1 GB LPDDR2
- Number of USB 2.0 ports: 4
- Port extension: 40-pin GPIO
- Video outputs: HDMI and RCA, plus 1 CSI camera connector
- Audio outputs: 3.5 mm stereo jack or HDMI
- Data storage: MicroSD card
- Network connection: 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 (BLE - Low Energy)
- Peripherals: 17 x GPIO
- Supply: 5V 2.5A via micro USB
- Dimensions: 85.60 mm × 53.98 mm × 17 mm
- Weight: 45 g
Although the Raspberry Pi 3 board works with a 5V 2A power supply, for intensive use we recommend a 5V 2.5A power supply.
Raspberry Pi 2 / Raspberry Pi 3 Comparison
|Raspberry Pi 2||Raspberry Pi 3|
|Processor: 32-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A7||Processor: 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53|
|Clock frequency: 1000 MHz||Clock frequency: 1200 MHz|
|RAM: 1024 MB||RAM: 1024 MB|
|Wi-Fi : No||Wi-Fi : Yes|
|Bluetooth : No||Bluetooth : Yes, 4.1|
|Power supply : 5v 2A||Power supply : 5v 2.5A|
|Storage: MicroSD card||Storage: MicroSD card|
|Network adapter: Ethernet network card||Network adapter: Ethernet network card|
|USB ports: 4||USB ports: 4|
|2.5A USB: No||2.5A USB: Yes|
Resources for the Raspberry Pi 3 board
There are lots of resources providing assistance for projects on Raspberry Pi 3. Below you’ll find some links and guides to help you get rapidly up and running.