• Raspberry Pi 3 on sale now at $35

    From Gryphon@VERT to All on Mon Feb 29 09:53:00 2016
    Raspberry Pi 3 on sale now at $35

    * Eben Upton
    * 29th Feb 2016

    Exactly four years ago, on 29 February 2012, we unleashed the original
    256MB Raspberry Pi Model B on a largely unsuspecting world. Since then,
    we've shipped over eight million units, including three million units
    of Raspberry Pi 2, making us the UK's all-time best-selling computer.
    The Raspberry Pi Foundation has grown from a handful of volunteers to
    have over sixty full-time employees, including our new friends from
    Code Club. We've sent a Raspberry Pi to the International Space Station
    and are training teachers around the world through our Picademy

    In celebration of our fourth birthday, we thought it would be fun to
    release something new. Accordingly, Raspberry Pi 3 is now on sale for
    $35 (the same price as the existing Raspberry Pi 2), featuring:
    * A 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU (~10x the performance
    of Raspberry Pi 1)
    * Integrated 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1
    * Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1 and 2

    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

    BCM2837, BCM43438 and Raspberry Pi 3

    For Raspberry Pi 3, Broadcom have supported us with a new SoC, BCM2837.
    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. The
    900MHz 32-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU complex has been replaced by
    a custom-hardened 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53. Combining a
    33% increase in clock speed with various architectural enhancements,
    this provides a 50-60% increase in performance in 32-bit mode versus
    Raspberry Pi 2, or roughly a factor of ten over the original Raspberry

    James Adams spent the second half of 2015 designing a series of
    prototypes, incorporating BCM2837 alongside the BCM43438 wireless
    "combo" chip. He was able to fit the wireless functionality into very
    nearly the same form-factor as the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+ and
    Raspberry Pi 2 Model B; the only change is to the position of the LEDs,
    which have moved to the other side of the SD card socket to make room
    for the antenna. Roger Thornton ran the extensive (and expensive)
    wireless conformance campaign, allowing us to launch in almost all
    countries simultaneously. Phil Elwell developed the wireless LAN and
    Bluetooth software.

    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.

    Raspberry Pi 3 is available to buy today from our partners element14
    and RS Components, and other resellers. You'll need a recent NOOBS or
    Raspbian image from our downloads page. At launch, we are using the
    same 32-bit Raspbian userland that we use on other Raspberry Pi
    devices; over the next few months we will investigate whether there is
    value in moving to 64-bit mode.


    We'll keep updating this list over the next couple of days, but here
    are a few to get you started.

    Are you discontinuing earlier Raspberry Pi models?

    No. We have a lot of industrial customers who will want to stick with
    Raspberry Pi 1 or 2 for the time being. We'll keep building these
    models for as long as there's demand. Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+ and
    Raspberry Pi 2 Model B will continue to sell for $25 and $35

    What about Model A+?

    Model A+ continues to be the $20 entry-level Raspberry Pi for the time
    being. We do expect to produce a Raspberry Pi 3 Model A, with the Model
    A+ form factor, during 2016.

    What about the Compute Module?

    We expect to introduce a BCM2837-based Compute Module 3 in the next few
    months. We'll be demoing Compute Module 3 at our partners' launch
    events this morning.

    Are you still using VideoCore?

    Yes. VideoCore IV 3D is the only publicly documented 3D graphics core
    for ARM-based SoCs, and we want to make Raspberry Pi more open over
    time, not less. BCM2837 runs most of the VideoCore IV subsystem at
    400MHz and the 3D core at 300MHz (versus 250MHz for earlier devices).

    Where does the "10x performance" figure come from?

    10x is a typical figure for a multi-threaded CPU benchmark like
    SysBench. Real-world applications will see a performance increase of
    between 2.5x (for single-threaded applications) and >20x (for
    NEON-enabled video codecs).


    A project like this requires a vast amount of focused work from a large
    team over an extended period. A partial list of those who made major
    direct contributions to the BCM2837 chip program, BCM43438 integration
    and Raspberry Pi 3 follows: Dinesh Abadi, James Adams, Cyrus Afghahi,
    Sayoni Banerjee, Jonathan Bell, Marc Bright, Srinath Byregowda, Cindy
    Cao, KK Chan, Nick Chase, Nils Christensson, Dom Cobley, Teodorico Del
    Rosario Jr, Phil Elwell, Shawn Guo, Gordon Hollingworth, Brand Hsieh,
    Andy Hulbert, Walter Kho, Gerard Khoo, Saran Kumar, Yung-Ching Lee,
    David Lewsey, Xizhe Li, Simon Long, Scott McGregor, James Mills, Alan
    Morgan, Kalevi Ratschunas, Paul Rolfe, Matt Rowley, Akshaye Sama, Serge
    Schneider, Shawn Shadburn, Mike Stimson, Stuart Thomson, Roger
    Thornton, James Tong, James Turner, Luke Wren. If you're not on this
    list and think you should be, please let me know, and accept my
    announcementsnewsraspberry pi 3


    1. Andrew Chalkley says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:01 am
    + Paul Newill says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 9:05 am
    Andrew Chalkley! Hello! Of all the millions of people's names
    I could see, I see yours! Woohoo.
    As for RPi, congratulations!
    2. Ioannis says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:03 am
    Perfect, worth waiting for !!!!
    Warmest Regards
    3. Anton says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:03 am
    You are the best! Thank you!
    4. Alan Mc says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:04 am
    Bon anniversaire ! Where will we be in 20200229 ?
    Bravo everybody.
    5. Anton says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:06 am
    You are the best! Thank you!
    And the figures are truly mind-boggling: to you, Raspberry Pi, to
    the next four(ty) years!
    6. Zebu says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:06 am
    Awesome news, I placed an order for one a few hours ago at RS.
    they seem to have jumped the gun a little :p
    7. MattHuisman.nz says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:06 am
    8. Winkleink says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:06 am
    Ordered mine.
    Excited to see how it performs, especially with the Wifi/Bluetooth
    not tied to the USB.
    + Winkleink says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:45 am
    We have the podcast live now with an interview with Eben
    Talking about the Pi 3 and what it took to make it happen as
    well as more details on software optimisation and some future
    + Alasdair Allan says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 11:12 am
    Some performance benchmarks for the new Pi 3 at
    You can compare them to other machines at
    9. fattire says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:07 am
    10. Steve Foster says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:07 am
    Happy birthday and thank you for making such a game-changing
    computer. It has changed teaching in Computing for ever and has
    already changed the lives of so many people around the world. Ooh -
    and congrats on managing to bring out the Pi 3 today at such a god
    price :-)
    11. neomew says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:08 am
    yay its out :D
    12. W. H. Heydt says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:10 am
    Congrats, thanks, and Happy Anniversary. I look forward to whatever
    you release on 29 Feb 2020. (That's to keep you from getting
    13. Web developet says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:11 am
    Happy birthday! I'm so excited to use this on our next projects!
    14. Texy says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:12 am
    Fantastic achievement.
    15. The Raspberry Pi Guy says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:13 am
    Awesome news! I've had a chance to get my hands on a Raspberry Pi 3
    and review it! See here: https://youtu.be/Y2Z6b64eh2E
    The Raspberry Pi Guy!
    + Richard says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 9:21 am
    Nice video, thanks for posting this.
    o The Raspberry Pi Guy says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 2:59 pm
    Glad that you enjoyed the video!
    16. neomew says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:14 am
    happy birthday Raspberry pi :D
    17. Jared Mauch says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:14 am
    Is there a reason the ethernet was not upgraded to gigabit? Was the
    wireless certification part of the project that resource consuming?
    Newer datacenter switches are not supporting 100m speeds.
    + Texy says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:29 am
    I'm pretty sure that 100% of educational establishments
    support 100mb.
    o james says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 9:00 am
    IIRC on the original Raspberry PI Ethernet Interface was
    basically attached the the USB controller, which was (is
    (?)) USB 2, which can only do 480 mbit, so Gigabit was
    not possible.
    I was crossing my fingers for Gigabit in this release.
    # Peter den Haan says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 10:14 am
    Of course it's possible. Check Amazon; there are any
    number of USB 2.0 gigabit ethernet adaptors on the
    market. Of course, you won't be able to saturate the
    network from a 480Mbps bus. But you can still do a
    lot better than 100Mbps.
    + ian smith says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 1:57 pm
    and I would love to use many of them around my WANs as network
    monitors/speed checkers but the 100mb interface thwarts this.
    Next time please?
    + Jim Manley says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 3:12 pm
    @Jared_Mauch - What are you talking about, not supporting 100
    Mbps speeds? That's so ridiculous that it's ... well,
    ridiculous! Any Ethernet device will operate at whatever speed
    it can and the switches will deal with whatever packets come
    whenever they come, taking care of other circuits while
    waiting for the slower interface to do its thing. Besides,
    there aren't many datacenter switches connected directly to
    Pii ... sheesh!
    Getting beyond 100 Mbps on a shared network segment (which
    most Pii are on, anyway), even with a USB Gbps Ethernet
    dongle, won't get past 100 Mbps due to contention, and if
    there's _anything_ else going on within the Pi's USB bus,
    there's going to be contention there, too, see also
    18. Jonathan Pallant says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:15 am
    That's amazing guys. So much power! Surely you can't keep it up at
    this rate? A very Happy Birthday to to.
    Oh you really need to have a word with CPC and RS. Ordered mine at
    6am and I've been looking at the ad since last week ;)
    19. Herman says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:16 am
    Congrats to the team for -- once again -- a very nice job, thank
    you! And also, happy bierthday Rpi!
    I was thinking of buying my 3th Rpi 2 B, that will -of course -- be
    a Rpi 3 now.
    + Herman says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:31 am
    Sorry for the typo. Bierthday ==> birthday.
    20. Alejandro says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:18 am
    what about the RAM?
    + Texy says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:33 am
    1gig of RAM
    o gitti says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 8:31 am
    I'm waiting for 2GB of RAM.
    o Lada says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 9:33 am
    Any plans for a model with more RAM? It's usable a a
    perfect low power always-on workstation now. I'd buy it
    with more ram (2GB, maybe more) even for a higher price.
    Anyway, fantastic work, thumbs up!
    I've already ordered two from Farnell.
    # James Hughes says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 9:46 am
    No plans. There is an architectural limitation with
    the VC4 which means 1GB is the limit. Learn to write
    less memory hungry code!
    @ Vanfanel says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 1:48 pm
    This is a great response: back to code
    optimization! No more code that eats up memory
    as if we were in M$ world! :D
    o Seaborg says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 12:44 pm
    Yeah, I understand the limits of VC4 but I would be
    awesome to have more RAM 2G or even 4G to run smoothly
    i.e. Ubuntu Mate
    21. Jan Mrazek says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:18 am
    Too bad element14 isn't selling it yet...
    + JAB_au says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:31 am
    Yes waiting for element14 order page
    22. Hans Otten says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:19 am
    Four years ago I was amazed and on board this unstoppable train,
    and many Pi's have entered my house. And it continues in a great
    way! Congrats and see you next birthday in 4 years! RPi 6?
    23. Aruna says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:20 am
    Any idea how fast is the wireless lan? I am wondering whether it is
    possible to run kodi without lan now
    + Micha says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:49 am
    It seems to be a 802.11n-chip If I am not wrong...but already
    "normal" Wlan with 54 Mbit(g) should reach ~2 Megabyte, enough
    for me to watch even my hd-films over wlan without a problem.
    24. Richard Sierakowski says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:20 am
    An excellent evolutionary step. This provides a great flagship
    system for the RasPi series and crucially maintains the option of
    full 32 bit compatibility with the promise of 64 bit processing
    Hopefully effort has gone into increasing the opensource mode of
    the system hardware.
    A truly great effort by all involved.
    25. Chris Hansen says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:21 am
    I will never stop being amazed at this device! Thank you for your
    forward thinking for all of our youth and adults alike! I love
    this!!! Chris-WO1T
    26. Zac says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:23 am
    Happy anniversary and I'm truly excited about this new Pi.
    Hopefully over time we can all get 64 bit support everywhere we
    can. Being able to retain the same price as the original Raspberry
    Pi B is truly amazing. Four years and dollar for dollar you're
    getting 10x the performance. Keep up the amazing work guys and
    girls, there's no tech community like this one :)
    27. Olof says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:24 am
    I thought that you should release it on the 14th of March?
    28. Archisman Panigrahi says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:25 am
    What will be the advantages of the 64 bit processor?
    + Dutch_Master says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 3:32 pm
    That entirely depends on your application. Most home-coded
    projects have little use for the increased computing
    capabilities of 64 bit. Most beneficial will be video data
    processing and multi-tasking applications on desktop systems.
    Given that many people buy the RPi as a replacement for their
    desktop, that's an important factor. I do hope the 64-bit
    development chain is released soon by the Foundation.
    29. Micha says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:26 am
    Congratulations, and nice to see the new Pi!
    Regarding Wlan/Bt, is it possible to connect an external antenna?
    Otherwise I could imagine that a metal-case would be not so
    good...or is it possible do disable the internal chip?
    However - I want it :) Good work!
    30. Alex Eames - RasPi.TV says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:28 am
    Congratulations and Happy Birthday.
    Raspberry Pi has literally changed many lives including mine. I'm
    sure those concerned are extremely grateful. I know I am.
    Thank you
    31. Archisman Panigrahi says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:29 am
    Is it still camera shy?
    + Alex Eames - RasPi.TV says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:31 am
    No. See my video overview to see the new U16 with black shield
    on it...
    + Ben Nuttall says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:31 am
    No, a component swap fixes that issue :)
    o Alasdair Allan says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 10:25 am
    Was interested to see that the BCM43438 radio wasn't
    encapsulated though?
    32. Lukas says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:29 am
    still not enough RAM, it is cool that wifi is now integrated, but
    the cpu boost is not usable without more RAM...
    + ColinD says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 8:24 am
    Lukas, In what was is the extra CPU "not usable" without extra
    RAM? I can write lean code that performs highly complex maths
    and hammers the CPU for instance.
    + Matt Hawkins says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 8:35 am
    You don't need extra RAM to take advantage of a faster CPU.
    33. gregeric says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:30 am
    Nice:-) SDIO for WiFi I assume, GPIO's 34-39 alt3? BT on second
    serial port, 40/41?
    First project: hack the hardware to use the 43438's FM receiver
    + Liam Jackson says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 9:20 am
    I wondered this too, how are they hooked up (Eben said
    sdio/uart, but not which GPIO)? Does it stop you using
    anything on the hats (e.g. SDIO, UART?)
    o gregeric says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 11:22 am
    HAT connector unchanged, save for a different serial
    peripheral being mapped out to the same pins.
    34. Michelle says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:30 am
    Happy Birth Day
    My new Raspberry Pi 3 is on the way to me.
    + Bart Scheffer says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 8:35 am
    But thats for $66 in stat off the $35 the tell us here ???
    35. Paul Webster says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:31 am
    Well done all.
    I've ordered mine from Pimoroni - although just spotted that they
    are still selling with 2amp power supply rather than the newly
    recommended 2.5 (depending on which peripherals are used wi it).
    36. thomas says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:31 am
    37. Tosa Saito says:
    29th Feb 2016 at 7:33 am
    Happy birthday and thank you for the exciting gift!!
    We are looking forward to having it soon.
    from Japan, KSYIC.com
  • From tracker1@VERT to Gryphon on Wed Mar 2 08:37:02 2016
    Raspberry Pi 3 on sale now at $35

    Pretty nifty, still would like to see a 2gb (or 4gb) version...
    Michael J. Ryan
    +o Roughneck BBS

    Synchronet RoughneckBBS - http://www.roughneckbbs.com/