Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

Introduction

Raspberry Pi® is an ARM based credit card sized SBC(Single Board Computer) created by Raspberry Pi Foundation. Raspberry Pi runs Debian based GNU/Linux operating system Raspbian and ports of many other OSes exist for this SBC.

Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a new version Raspberry Pi 3. Read announcement here. With on-board WiFi / Bluetooth support and an 64bit improved Processor, Raspberry Pi v3 will be an exciting board for Makers, Engineers and Students.

What is new in Raspberry Pi 3


Board Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
Processor Broadcom BCM2836 Broadcom BCM2837
CPU Core Quadcore ARM Cortex-A7, 32Bit Quadcore ARM Cortex-A53, 64Bit
Clock Speed 900 MHz 1.2GHz (Roughly 50% faster than Pi2)
RAM 1 GB 1 GB
GPU 250 MHz VideoCore IV® 400 MHz VideoCore IV®
Network Connectivity 1 x 10 / 100 Ethernet (RJ45 Port) 1 x 10 / 100 Ethernet (RJ45 Port)
Wireless Connectivity None 802.11n wireless LAN (WiFi) and Bluetooth 4.1
USB Ports 4 x USB 2.0 4 x USB 2.0
GPIOs 2 x 20 Pin Header 2 x 20 Pin Header
Camera Interface 15-pin MIPI 15-pin MIPI
Display Interface DSI 15 Pin / HDMI Out / Composite RCA DSI 15 Pin / HDMI Out / Composite RCA
Power Supply (Current Capacity) 1.8 A 2.5 A

Board


  • The size of the Pi 2 and Pi 3 boards are the same.

  • There is slight change in component placement to allow addition of WiFi / Bluetooth SoC & Chip antenna in Pi 3.

System on Chip (SoC)


Broadcom BCM2837 SoC

  • Application Processor

    • 64 bit

      • Quad Core

      • 1.2 GHz

      • ARM Cortex-A53 Processor (ARM V8 ISA)

  • GPU

    • 400 MHz
    • Videocore IV Multimedia Co-Processor

Chip Antenna


A ceramic chip antenna is used by WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 SoC BCM43438. The chip antenna moves the indicator LEDs that were present in Pi 2 to the lower side of PCB.

Repositioned LEDs


The ACT and PWR LEDs are repositioned as shown below in Raspberry Pi 3 when compared to Pi 2.

Repositioned RUN pin-header


The RUN pin-header is also repositioned

WiFi / Bluetooth SoC BCM43438


WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 (Classic and LE) are provided by Broadcom BCM43438 chip

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