Supercharged Raspberry Pi 3 adds Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more speed, but still costs $35 – PCWorld

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Raspberry Pi has an in-store treat on its fourth anniversary.

It is now shipping the Raspberry Pi 3 computer, which at the same $35 price as its Pi 2 predecessor packs a more powerful 64-bit CPU, and for the first time, has built-in wireless capabilities.

The credit-card sized  Pi 3 is up to 60 percent faster than its predecessor, which has shipped in the millions.

It is the first Pi that can be called a true PC replacement, said Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi, in a phone interview with the IDG News Service.

A new PC-class feature in Raspberry Pi 3 is 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4, which weren’t supported on its predecessors. Wireless communication was a feature users wanted in Raspberry Pi 3 after being relegated to ethernet in previous models.

Wireless will make it easier to develop “Nest-like” smart home automation and Internet of Things devices, Upton said.

Also new is a 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU, which runs at 1.2GHz. The processor is used in mobile devices and even servers, and is a big upgrade from the 32-bit 900MHz Cortex-A7 on Pi 2.

The rest of the features haven’t changed from Pi 2. It has an HDMI port, ethernet, MicroSD and four USB ports. It runs a Broadcom VideoCore IV 3D graphics processor that can play 1080p video at 60 frames per second, and has 40 GPIO pins, and display and camera interfaces.

Supercharged Raspberry Pi 3 adds Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more speed, but still costs $35 – PCWorld