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    Raspberry Pi 3 launched today: adds wi-fi and Bluetooth

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      Raspberry Pi 3 launched today: adds wi-fi and Bluetooth

      Raspberry Pi 3 adds wi-fi and Bluetooth - BBC News

      The Raspberry Pi has become the most popular British computer yet made.

      The title was formerly held by the Amstrad PCW which is believed to have sold a total of eight million units.

      Sales of the Raspberry Pi will surpass that figure this month, said the Raspberry Pi project founder Eben Upton.


      The milestone comes as the Raspberry Pi 3 is unveiled featuring a faster 64-bit processor and built-in wi-fi and Bluetooth connections.


      "We're calling it," said Mr Upton. "We're the best-selling UK computer ever."

      He said the Pi Foundation initially thought it had won the title last year when sales blew past the total set by Sinclair machines in the 1980s.

      However, he said, it then emerged that the Amstrad machine had sold in larger numbers.

      Now, even that total has been exceeded.


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      "The curve keeps trending upwards," said Mr Upton, adding that sales will get a fillip from the release of the Raspberry Pi 3 on 29 February.

      It will go on sale for $35 (30) and a "few hundred thousand units" will be available on launch day from online stores.


      "The two main things that people do with their Pi are use it as a PC replacement or use it as an embedded computer," Mr Upton told the BBC.


      "The Pi 3 is doubling down on both those things rather than going looking for new things to do."

      The updated device has a 64-bit processor onboard that gives the Pi 3 a 50% performance improvement on the Pi 2.

      Also built in to the new device are wi-fi and Bluetooth connections.


      Hobbyists using the Pi to act as a hub for smart home gadgets would be able to use Bluetooth to link devices and sensors together, he said.


      "This is the first Pi you can stick behind your TV and completely forget about," said Mr Upton.


      There were also signs that the Pi was succeeding in achieving one of its founding aims - to make computer science a more popular option at degree level.


      Mr Upton said that the Pi's popularity and other coding projects were boosting interest in the technical subject.


      In some institutions, the numbers of people enrolling on computer science courses had recovered from the low points seen in 2008-9, he said.


      However, he admitted it could still be be "too early" to see the full effect of the Pi on people who wished to pursue coding or their technical skills, given that the first Pi was only released in 2012.


      The gadget was starting to be used widely in schools, and the Pi Foundation's merger with the Code Club initiative would make sure it reached more children, he said.


      "With 9-11 year-olds, we are seeing a lot of people get excited about it at that level," said Mr Upton.
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      Re: Raspberry Pi 3 launched today: adds wi-fi and Bluetooth

      But still no gig Ethernet


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      Maybe on the Pi 4?! Otherwise it's a well specced little device for 25/30.
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      Re: Raspberry Pi 3 launched today: adds wi-fi and Bluetooth

      Not quite sure why the Raspberry Pi has taken off in the way it has, could be the name, the price point or just good marketing.
      There are alternatives:
      BeagleBoard.org - 2015-02-05-raspberry-pi-2

      Still no GigE though.

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      Re: Raspberry Pi 3 launched today: adds wi-fi and Bluetooth

      Its still slower than my odroid c1

      1.7ghz quad core and gigabit ethernet
      i picked that up like a year ago
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      Re: Raspberry Pi 3 launched today: adds wi-fi and Bluetooth

      Well there are (usually) always alternatives for most things, aren't there? To be honest, I had never heard of either BeagleBoard or odroid before today!
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