64 bit Raspberry Pi 3 released

Raspberry Pi 3The Raspberry PI 3 has been released and should be available as you read this for an introductory price of $35USD from Raspberry partners element14 and RS Components, and other resellers. You’ll need a recent NOOBS or Raspbian image from the downloads page. While the Pi 3 is natively 64 bit, a 64 bit version version of the Raspbian OS is still under development. The current 32 bit version will work on the new Pi 3.

Raspberry Pi 3 Specs:

  • CPU:  64-bit 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
  • RAM: 1GB SDRAM @ 400 MHz
  • SoC: Broadcom BCM2837. This retains the same basic architecture as its predecessors BCM2835 and BCM2836, so projects and tutorials which rely on precise details of the Raspberry Pi hardware will continue to work.
  • Storage: Micro-SD
  • Wireless (Wifi) + Bluetooth: Integrated 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1. The wifi is IEEE 802.11b/g/n, supports both 20 MHz and 40 MHz channels, and a maximum transmit and receive rate of 150 Mbps. It also supports Infrastructure mode, Wi-Fi Direct and soft-AP mode.  Wifi security includes WPA, WPA2 (802.11i), AES/TKIP, IEEE 802.1X and WAPI.
  • Ethernet: 10/100 Mbps
  • Video: VideoCore IV 3D. The BCM2837 runs most of the VideoCore IV subsystem at 400MHz and the 3D core at 300MHz (versus 250MHz for earlier devices).
  • Audio: Yes
  • USB 2.0: 4 ports
  • GPIO: 40
  • Power: 2.5 Amps
  • Operating system support: Linux, Windows 10 IoT

The biggest update is a 64 bit Quad Core CPU. The addition of a BCM43143 WiFi chip built in to the Pi 3 means no more WiFi adapters. You can use Linux or Unix-like system such as FreeBSD on the Raspberry Pi 3.

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