Raspberry Pi 3 Adds WiFi and Bluetooth

NicoleMotta - February 29, 2016 - 12:33 PM

Raspberry Pi 3 Adds WiFi and Bluetooth

The Raspberry Pi Foundation just turned four and to celebrate, it unveiled the third iteration of its mini PC.

Aptly called the Raspberry Pi 3, this new model comes packed with new features but at the same price as its predecessors. The new mini computer features a new 1.2 GHz 64 bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and adds integrated 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 support. WiFi and Bluetooth are a thing people have been asking about for a long time," says Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading, the charity's commercial arm. The new model is fully compatible with the Foundation's previous mini PCs, the Raspberry Pi 1 and 2. The rest of the device's specs are close to the same as the Raspberry Pi 2 including 1GB of RAM, a 400MHz VideoCore IV graphics chip, 4 USB ports, a full-sized HDMI port, an ethernet port, a combined 3.5mm audio and composite video jack, and a microSD card slot. Both the Raspberry Pi 1 and 2 will continue to be available alongside the Raspberry 3, priced at $25 and $35, respectively. The Raspberry Pi 3 is also priced at just $35.

This new model comes just a few months after the Foundation announced the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero. In November, the Raspberry Pi Foundation unveiled "an even cheaper Raspberry Pi" to help eliminate the cost barrier to programming. This $5 PC features a 1GHz Broadcom BCM2835 processor, 512MB of RAM, a microSD card slot, a mini-HDMI slot, and two microUSB slots. Like its larger siblings, the Pi Zero runs the Debian Linux-based OS Raspbian.

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