The new Raspberry Pi 3 brings integrated Wi-Fi and more

On the first anniversary of the original Model B Raspberry Pi microcomputer, over one million units had been sold and it was already a household name. Whether you were a serious maker or just the occasional tinkerer, you were incorporating this gadget in your builds, creating truly awesome things.

Now, on the fourth birthday of the computer, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced that over eight million units of the various models have been sold -- making it the UK's all-time best selling computer -- and they've released a brand new version to celebrate.

The Raspberry Pi 3 comes just a year after the Raspberry Pi 2 and has some upgrades that Pi users will be pretty excited about. At just $35, the new board offers:

  • A 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU (about 10x the performance of Raspberry Pi 1)
  • Integrated 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1
  • Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1 and 2

The Foundation has been great at making sure that each new model retains the same architecture so that projects and tutorials for previous models still work for the newer ones and that remains true for the Raspberry Pi 3. The faster processor will be a major improvement for those still using the original models with 10 times faster speeds, and users of the Raspberry Pi 2 will also see a nice 50 to 60 percent increase in performance in 32-bit mode.

The other big upgrade is the integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that took designers a year to incorporate while maintaining the same form factor as previous models.

The Foundation says, "All of the connectors are in the same place and have the same functionality, and the board can still be run from a 5V micro-USB power adapter. This time round, we’re recommending a 2.5A adapter if you want to connect power-hungry USB devices to the Raspberry Pi."

You can order the new Raspberry Pi 3 from element14 and RS Components. You can get more details over at the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

As always, we're excited to see what great things everyone makes with this new version.

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