It’s been four years since the creation of Raspberry Pi Foundation and its latest anniversary had seen the launch of a newer and better Raspberry Pi 3 today. Being another major update to the olden Raspberry Pi, The upgrade still go for $35 despite including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
“Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are a thing people have been asking for for a long time,”
says Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading, the charity’s commercial arm.
One of the Raspberry Pi:s core uses has been in education where the computer only cost $35 and has allowed to be affordable for many classrooms that would otherwise be unable to afford PCs. Those PCs had to be hooked to Ethernet cable of schools wanted to connect them to the internet. They’ll now be able to avoid hurdle with the Pi3 which connects instead over a Wi-Fi that can cover many classrooms at once.
The addition of a Bluetooth will be an important factor for users who are already using the Pis to collect data from different sensors around their labs or homes. With an on-board Bluetooth, the Pi will now be able to collect data from sensors without being directly wired to them in anyway. Being able to use a wireless keyboard and mouse is a nice advantage too.
“I’m really quite hopeful that … we’ve made a thing where you can really say, ‘Yes, this is a PC.'”
Upton says that it really wasn’t until now that any of these addition were possible on a $35 computer. For one, they needed to hold for a price of components to come down. But the engineering and certification involved
was also too much for Trading’s small team
“That stuff was maybe beyond us in the previous generation, when we did Raspberry Pi 2,”
Upton says, referring to last year’s release.
At that time, Trading had about 20 employees with only six engineers. Today, its gotten about 30-40.
Raspberry Pi 3 is also have a speed bump, with its processor upgrading to 64-bit, quad-core 1.2GHZ ADM Cortex-A53, up from a 900MHZ, 32-Bit Processor. The RAM is still a 1GB. Stoll, its supposed to make the Pi3 around 50% faster than its predecessor. Based on the Upton’s suggestion, its hood enough to make people begin seeing Pi as a full Gadget.
“There is a weird thing,”
“I’m really quite hopeful that this time we might come across that line that we’ve been trying to cross for a long time,”
“That we’ve made a thing where you can really say, ‘Yes, this is a PC.'”
Upton says, where people view the Pi 2 as slightly too slow to be a real PC.