Raspberry Pi 3 delivers up to 60% increase in performance over predecessor

Raspberry Pi 3 delivers up to 60% increase in performance over predecessor

Raspberry Pi Foundation has unveiled the Raspberry Pi 3 as its newest credit card-sized computer board. The new board is touted to deliver up to 60 percent increase in performance over the previously launched Raspberry Pi 2, using an all-new 64-bit CPU.

Compared to the Raspberry Pi 2 that already surpassed the sales of three million units, the Raspberry Pi 3 has a 33 percent increase in clock speed along with various architectural enhancements that together help to deliver better performance. There is a Broadcom BCM2837 chipset that has a 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU, up from the 900MHz 32-bit Cortex-A7 CPU on the Raspberry Pi 2.

Raspberry Pi 3

Raspberry Pi 3 comes with Broadcom BCM2837 chipset

“For Raspberry Pi 3, Broadcom have supported us with a new SoC, BCM2837,” says Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton in a blog post. “This retains the same basic architecture as its predecessors BCM2835 and BCM2836, so all those projects and tutorials which rely on the precise details of the Raspberry Pi hardware will continue to work.”

Apart from the new Broadcom architecture, the Raspberry Pi 3 has a new BCM43438 wireless ‘combo’ chip to enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The new board is completely compatible with the previous Raspberry Pi models, including the Raspberry Pi 1 and 2. Also, it has all the connectors in the same place and have the same functionality that was found on its predecessors.

Raspberry Pi 3 specifications:

  • Broadcom BCM2387 with 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU, dual-core VideoCore IV GPU
  • 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM
  • MicroSD card support
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1
  • Audio and Video output
  • 40-pin GPIO connector
  • 15-pin MIPI Camera Serial Interface
  • Display Serial Interface
  • Ethernet 10/100 BaseT socket
  • MicroUSB socket 5V, 2.5A
  • 85 x 56 x 17mm dimensions

Upton reveals that the new Raspberry model is the result of the development that took over six months last year. He also mentions that his organisation is not in plans to discontinue any of the existing boards “for as long as there’s demand” for them.

The Raspberry Pi 3 with a price tag of $35 is available for purchase through retail partners element14 and RS Components. Moreover, there are plans to launch a BCM2837-based Compute Module 3 in the next few months.

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