Raspberry Pi Foundation has released their newest credit-card-sized computer, Raspberry Pi 3. An impressive 50% faster than the first two versions and still only $35, the Pi 3 is also compatible with its predecessors, so any projects created with the original Pi or the Pi 2 can easily migrate to the Pi 3.
This latest iteration has added Wi-Fi in the form of 802.11n, so it doesn’t rely on an Ethernet connection for Internet access. With Bluetooth 4.0, it can be controlled by a wireless keyboard or mouse and can communicate wirelessly with sensors and other devices. Another upgrade: It’s powered by a 1.2GHz, 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU, a step above the 900MHz, 32-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor used in the previous models.
In a recent BBC interview, Raspberry Pi Foundation co-founder Eben Upton said, “The two main things that people do with their Pi are use it as a PC replacement or use it as an embedded computer. The Pi 3 is doubling down on both those things rather than going looking for new things to do.” The Foundation’s mission is to promote the study of basic computer science in schools, specifically by getting their affordable, single-board computer, Raspberry Pi, into as many students’ hands as possible. The original Raspberry Pi debuted four short years ago, and since that time the foundation has shipped more than 8 million units. The Mission is well under way.
The Pi 3 is available through Raspberry Pi partners Element14, RS Components, and other resellers.