Raspberry Pi 3 Launches With 64-Bit Processor and Built in Wi-Fi

By Gerald Lynch on at

Did you discover some pocket change down the back of the sofa this weekend? If it was the kind that folds, that was fortuitously timed – you may well have enough to pick yourself up one of the brand-new Raspberry Pi 3 computers.

Hot on the heels of the Raspberry Pi Zero, the third-generation model of the popular DIY computer comes with a 64-bit processor and Wi-Fi onboard as standard, for the same $35 / £30 asking price.

A year in the making (and just four years since the original Raspberry Pi kickstarted the homebrew coding scene), that processor is a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A53 chip. That should be as much as 50 per cent faster than the Rasbperry Pi 2. The 1GB of RAM and 400MHz VideoCore IV graphics remain, though Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi will be welcome additions, freeing up a USB dongle on what is otherwise an identically-sized board. Existing cases, in other words, should fit a treat.

However, you'll have to do your own tinkering to make that 64-bit board sing, as the Raspberry Pi Foundation is, for the sake of cross-generational compatibility, sticking with the 32-bit version of its Noobs operating system for this release.

Available right now, you can buy the Raspberry Pi 3 from Element14, RS Components and other regular Pi sellers. [Raspberry Pi Blog]