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Raspberry Pi 3, Model B

By Alasdair Allan / Feb 29, 2016

Raspberry Pi 3, Model B

The Raspberry Pi 3, Model B, is the latest single board computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It is the first to be 64-bit, and the first with both onboard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Running Raspbian Linux, the Foundation’s own release of the Linux operating system, the board is fast enough to replace a standard desktop PC for most people, most of the time. Running in headless mode the board is well suited to being used as part of an Internet of Things project, or being the hub of a sensor network.

Specs
Raspberry Pi 3, Model B raspberrypi.org
Type:Single board computer
Price:$35
Input Voltage:5V (USB)
Operating Voltage:3.3V
Software:Linux
Main Processor:BCM2837, Quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex A53
Clock Speed:1.2GHz
Memory:1GB LPDDR2-900 SDRAM
I/O Pins (digital):40-pin expansion header (29 GPIO pins)
I/O Pins (analog):None
Video:HDMI
WiFi:Yes, 802.11n
Bluetooth:Bluetooth 4.1 (including Bluetooth LE)
Ethernet:Yes (10Mbps)
USB:4×USB-A
Dimensions:3.4 inch x 2.2 inch
Website:http://raspberrypi.org
Other Features:3.5mm analogue audio-video jack, 4Camera Serial Interface (CSI), Display Serial Interface (DSI)

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Why To Buy

If you need the power of a single-board computer rather than a micro-controller for an Internet of Things project, or need a desktop replacement, the Raspberry Pi 3 should be your first stop. With more than 8 million Raspberry Pi boards sold, the size of the community behind the board is really reassuring. If you have a problem it’s likely that someone else has already had, solved it, and written it up online. Due to the Foundation’s education mission, there’s a huge amount of training and educational material targeted at the Raspberry Pi. If you want to learn about computing, and how to program, the Raspberry Pi is the board to pick up.

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