The new Raspberry Pi 3 release has taken the hackerspace by storm all over the world. The original Raspberry Pi was wonderful when it was first launched. Last year the Raspberry Pi 2 was launched and along with it came a full system equipped with a quad core ARM Cortex A-7 CPU running at 900 MHz.
What’s new with the Raspberry Pi 3
Now with the release of the Raspberry Pi 3, the CPU has further been upgraded to a 64 bit ARM Cortex A53 clocked at 1.2 GHz. The rest of the specifications remain more or less intact. Except for the connectivity where Raspberry Pi 3 comes inbuilt with 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet and 802.11n wireless Bluetooth version 4.1. So you don’t need to connect external Bluetooth or Wireless modules for this model. What is remarkable is that they have been able to keep the form factor to what it was before. And, the new Raspberry Pi 3 is still available for the same the Raspberry Pi 2 costs as of now.
The upgrades are real.
Though the Graphics adapter remains the same for the Raspberry Pi 3 models, the VideoCore IV 3D has seen some speed upgrades. Instead of the usual 250 MHz, this one runs at a clock speed of 300 MHz while rendering the 3D core and the VideoCore IV subsystem at 400MHz. That is a significant boost, though you are not likely to see a major difference while using it as the graphics capabilities of a Raspberry Pi 3, like the models before, is very basic.
How about in India?
The Raspberry Pi 3 is barely available in India as of now. I could find it only at CrazyPi as of now. Amazon, Flipkart and other retailers still stock the older Raspberry models. It is likely to take a month to get here in numbers, or so I hope. In any case, it is widely available in the International Amazon, ebay and other sites already along with full kits.
If you wish to play around with some prototyping and also work on a real computer on which you can run a real desktop operating system to its full potential, the Raspberry Pi 3 is one of the best and the most supported hardware SoC I can recommend.