Raspberry Pi 3 Launches To Take on Pine A64; 50% Faster Than the Pi 2
Folks over at the Raspberry Pi foundation have just released a new version of their hugely popular single-board computer, the Raspberry Pi 3. Available for $35, the Pi 3 is based on a 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 chipset that performs around 50 percent faster in 32-bit mode than that of the Raspberry Pi 2, and roughly ten times better than the original single-core Raspberry Pi.
“We’ve got a 10x improvement in processing in 13 months,” said the board’s co-creator Eben Upton. “Talking to people who’ve played with the units, it’s crossed some kind of line. It’s become more PC-like. When you’re using LibreOffice and the web browser it just feels more modern in that respect. You’re looking at an entry-level PC from the latter part of the last decade.”
Moreover, the Pi 3 Model B adds support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a first for the Pi, as well as becomes capable of playing 1080p video at 60 frames per second.
Raspberry Pi 3 Specs:
- Chipset: Broadcom BCM2837
- CPU: 1.2GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM cortex A53
- Ethernet : 10/100 (Max throughput 100Mbps)
- USB: Four USB 2.0 with 480Mbps data transfer
- Storage: MicroSD card or via USB-attached storage
- Wireless: 802.11n Wireless LAN (Peak transmit/receive throughput of 150Mbps), Bluetooth 4.1
- Graphics: 400MHz VideoCore IV multimedia
- Memory: 1GB LPDDR2-900 SDRAM
- Expandability: 40 general purpose input-output pins
- Video: Full HDMI port
- Audio: Combined 3.5mm audio out jack and composite video
- Camera interface (CSI)
- Display interface (DSI)
Raspberry Pi 3 vs Pine A64 – Competition Heats Up
Currently, the biggest competitor to Raspberry Pi 3 is the Pine A64, which was recently launched as a Kickstarter project for just half the price. With a base price of $15, Pine A64 hosts the same an ARMv8 Cortex-A53 chip that runs at 1.20GHz, but features more powerful dual-core MALI-400 MP2 GPU at 500MHz, capable of 1.1 Gpixels throughput.
The device supports up to 2GB of DDR3 SDRAM, a microSD slot which can handle cards up to 256GB flash storage, up to gigabit ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI 1.4 connector offering 4K output and both a stereo mini-jack connector and built-in 3.7V Lithium battery charging circuit.
Unlike Raspberry Pi 3 however, Pine 64’s base model does not come with integrated WiFi or Bluetooth. It only features 512MB of RAM, though you can upgrade to 1GB of RAM, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 for a total of $29, which is still $6 less than that of Pi 3.
As for operating systems, the Raspberry Pi 3 will support most exciting OSes of the Pi, including the official Raspbian OS, Windows 10 IoT Core, Chromium OS, Gentoo, PiBang, Risc OS, and others. The Pi 3 Model B is available now for $35 via Premier Farnell and RS Components, with shipping expected to begin over the next week.