Description: Everyone knows and loves Raspberry Pi, but what if you didn’t need additional peripherals to make it wireless. The Raspberry Pi 3 is here to provide you with the same Pi as before but now with double the ram and a much faster processor. The credit-card sized computer is capable of many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and playing high-definition video and games. It can run several flavors of Linux (and even Windows 10 free-of-charge) and is being used to teach kids all over the world how to program… Oh yeah, and it still does all that for about $40.
The secret sauce that makes this computer so small and powerful is the Broadcom BCM2837, an ARM Cortex-A53 64bit Quad Core Processor System-on-Chip. The GPU provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode and is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24 GFLOPs of general purpose compute. What’s that all mean? It means that if you plug the Raspberry Pi 3 into your HDTV, you could watch BluRay quality video, using H.264 at 40MBits/s.
The biggest change that has been enacted with the Raspberry Pi 3 is an upgrade to a next generation main processor and improved connectivity with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and BCM43143 WiFi on board. Additionally, the Raspberry Pi 3 has improved power management, with an upgraded switched power source up to 2.5 Amps, to support more powerful external USB devices.
The Raspberry Pi 3’s four built-in USB ports provide enough connectivity for a mouse, keyboard, or anything else that you feel the RPi needs, but if you want to add even more you can still use a USB hub. Keep in mind, it is recommended that you use a powered hub so as not to overtax the on-board voltage regulator. Powering the Raspberry Pi 3 is easy, just plug any USB power supply into the micro-USB port. There’s no power button so the Pi will begin to boot as soon as power is applied, to turn it off, simply shut down the Pi 3, then remove power. The four built-in USB ports can even output up to 1.2A enabling you to connect more power hungry USB devices (This does require a 2Amp micro USB Power Supply).
On top of all that, the low-level peripherals on the Pi make it great for hardware hacking. The 0.1" spaced 40-pin GPIO header on the Pi gives you access to 27 GPIO, UART, I2C, SPI as well as 3.3 and 5V sources. Each pin on the GPIO header is identical to its predecessor the Model B+.
Note: We are still waiting on the status on how this board may be export restricted due to certain qualities it possesses. We may just need to verify a small amount of information before processing your order and hopefully nothing beyond that. Please keep this in mind before placing your order. Our Export Compliance page is a great resource in case you have any questions.
Note: You will need the latest version of NOOBS for the Raspberry Pi 3. If this action is not completed your Pi will get stuck on a rainbow square boot screen. You can find the latest version of NOOBS here!
Dimensions: 85mm x 56mm x 17mm
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Great system to work with. Faster than the Pi 2 by a factor of at least 2. Setting up the Wifi requires starting the GUI (startx). Haven’t found info on how to do it from the command line (which I use). Now using “sudo halt -p” to stop it before powering down. Just unplugging it “hot” messed up the SD card twice, so now I take the time to halt it first. Great fun!
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I don’t like that they have changed the original “push-push” sd card reader into a friction fit, “push-pull” version, and I was concerned that I had to load a brand new image to get it running, but apart from that I still think its a pretty good little device. My concern in the long run as a developer is having to adjust things each time a new unit comes out and having no grantee that upgrading will even be possible since my work involves some pretty specific hardware features of the original Pi 2. Hopefully the Pi 3 will still do everything I need it to.
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My first Pi… Love it… Buy the 2.5 amp Canakit for sure…
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I purchesed the Pi 3 for a project to put in my SUV for mobile digital communications. I paired it up with the Pi 7" LCD screen and a bluetooth keyboard/touchpad. All was easy to setup except configuring the wifi which didn’t seem to want to allow me to do thru the desktop, so I did it by directly modifying files (easy instructions on the internet). The other issue is that some of the programs I am using we written with the assumtion of a taller screen for non-resizable windows. But thats not an issue so far with any of the desktop apps I’ve tried so far. The Pi3 performs very well with the combination of things I am using it for so far. I had tried to use the same packages on an original Pi but that could not perform well at all. I am very happy with the Pi3 and the lcd display. They are both well worth the cost in my opinion so far!
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This is the best Raspberry Pi so far. I bought the 7 inch touch display. Both units work great together. I used Windows 10 IoT Core Beta on it as well as Raspbian. Everything works great. Welcome to Windows IoT with this little device.
Fast and responsive.
Excelente product. the difference with the old versions is significant. I needes a new power supply.
I’ve set it up as a RetroPi to play video games. Seems to work great!
easy setup and power supply works great
This is my first Raspberry Pi. But with it being the same price as the old ones and with included wifi, it seemed like a price competitive product versus the old pi’s and the BeagleBone Black.
I had to wait until a new OctoPrint was released for it to work, but it seems to function just great. It is mounted on my Lulzbot Mini 3D printer to turn my 3d printer into a wireless / headless machine.
So i mounted the Pi 3 on the back of the 7" Display and powered it with the newer, bigger power supply. Loaded the latest version of Jessie and everything just work! WIFI configured easy and works like a champ! wish there was an external ant connection, but it’s working fine now. This setup is going to control a couple of pumps (via SCRs) based on Dallas DS18B20 temp probe readings. home brewing beer and electronics!
when I received the parcel with the purchased products that was transferred from USA as Argentina by a friend, I verify that there were only 21 monitors reaspbrry touch 7 ‘ ’ and the purchase had been 25. You can check whether the shipment made correctly? since being correctly sent may have been misplaced or lost on the trip to Argentina dessde USA …
Please see my instructable “Raspberry Pi 3 : A Beginners' Guide” at the following link :
Been using these for a product I’ve been working on and the speed increase over the 2 doesn’t seem like much, but it does make a lot of difference.
onboard wifi helps setup for your less technically inclined audience if you’re releasing something that runs on these. And that’s really good.
… and having onboard wifi is a godsend!
I purchased the Pi 3, SD card, and power supply from Sparkfun. Followed the directions at the link below and the Pi 3 replaced my HP laptop as the printer controller. It works great!
I was surprised how easy it was to get the software on it and fire it up. The web browser works well. I am going to snag 4 for my grand children to use for web browsing. I got a cheap hdmi to VGA adapter and I am using an old monitor.
Pretty much straightforward, used Noobs to install Raspbian, having some trouble bypassing the no-Flash thing so I can use to watch live streaming in my TV. The 5V-2A power source indeed generates a high-pitched noise, but only if you are less than a couple of feets away.
Its not my top priority at the moment, but I set it up and made it go… No obvious issues that haven’t been reported elsewhere.
I purchased the Raspberry Pi 3 to go with the Pi-top kit I bought at the same time. Kit went together and worked fine the first time. This is a great way to make the Raspberry Pi portable. Love the battery life (I get about 14 hours).
Great board. Works as advertised. I would recommend putting heatsinks on processor chip if you plan on running all 4 cores flat-out. (i.e. a YouTube viewer)…When teamed up with the 7" Pi touchscreen display and the Visual Studio 2015 Community edition (which is free) it makes a great development platform for Win10 IoT, Android, etc. You can develop in C, C#, VB, Python, Java or whatever your favorite language happens to be. Hard to beat it for the price.
Despite some delivery issue perfectly solved by the support team, PI is just awesome. Runs perfectly the PI-top OS (modified Raspbian). Gives me a 10 hours battery computer to bring with me to the beach :).
I have bought 2 pi3, because I was impressed with the 1st one. I have problems with the 2nd PI3,The software keeps saying there’s no Bluetooth and there’s no Wireless, tried replacing the software, Raspberrian, and updating it through the Ethernet Cable. Noobs couldn’t even detect the local wifi network. I’ve also tried the following command.
root@pi3:/home/pi# lsusb Bus 001 Device 005: ID 248a:8566 Bus 001 Device 009: ID 05e3:0745 Genesys Logic, Inc. Bus 001 Device 008: ID 0403:6001 Future Technology Devices International, Ltd FT232 USB-Serial (UART) IC Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0424:ec00 Standard Microsystems Corp. SMSC9512/9514 Fast Ethernet Adapter Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0424:9514 Standard Microsystems Corp. Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Hmmm, sounds like there might be some board issues, I would recommend getting in touch with our tech support team, they should be able to help you out!
A Raspberry Pi with wifi and bluetooth is long overdue. The increased processor power makes running a graphical UI reasonably fast. I also bought the RPi LCD touchscreen which was easy to get working.
I use this for all my smart house control and prototyping. You get Ghz CPU, WIFI, RAM, screen and camera interface and all is very easy to get working and cheap, the cheapest you will get. Best thing is that you can remote desktop to your smart house control unit and upgrade the software without going around the house with a laptop. Only con I found is that it has only 2 PWM which most MCUs today has, at least, 8.
The previous Pi was slow and required add on technology to make it connect to anything. That is all fixed now and I find that I can use a Pi 3 for Linux work and for a workstation.
I still find getting to the GPIO pins a problem as it required root access for changing them. New code is fixing this. I also still miss a real-time clock, but the Pi 3 corrects its time when it connects to a network so that is not too bad.
So I would say this finally this model is the machine that was promised and is usable.
I have bough some hats for Pi 3; they can fix some of the voltage issues. It is just difficult to work with the GPIO as is as voltage are very low and the chance of breaking Pi 3 are high as there is no real protection in the thing.
So far the best cheap board and this version is usable and I already own four boards. Just ordered Pi-Top for two of them. So building my first Linux lap top with Pi 3. Again, finally really usable as work station.
Spark fun rocks!
The unit was in excellent condition. It arrived with no damage and unopen. And it worked like a charm. However, I ordered this through UPS since I wanted it to be delivered quickly. But UPS informed me that an invoice is missing so that they had to delay the shipment. I contacted your customer service and they informed me later that they corrected the issue. Delivery was late. Apart from that, everything went fine. Thank you.
Although it’s somewhat apples and oranges to compare the OS underneath is essentially the same as I’m running Debian Jesse on both. But the Pi3 Debian uses LXDE desktop and comes with a larger number of user friendly applications. It also feels faster than the 20% processor speed difference given that the Beagle has a graphics co-processor. The ease of adding a one-wire temperature sensor compared to the Device Tree of the Beagle (which is more powerful) does lend itself better to the beginner. It took a while to get the WiFi working but once all the problems were solved it’s been running headless for 3 days with an tcp server application that reports temperature on request. The code is a modification from the book “Raspberry Pi” by Bert Van Dam published by Elektor. I have a Pi2 running Octopi connected to my 3D printer. The Pi3 is running headless and will interface to a number of sensors as a tcp server with Delphi Berlin 10.1 Clients running on PC, Androids and iPads. All around a nice product. I’ll probably buy a few more.
With the new specs of the RPi3, which includes built-in wifi and bluetooth, this board is fully capable of doing a duty of lightweight workstation.
The RPi foundation has also released and updated GUI, which takes advantage of the board fully, to include Chromium, which is a special built version of Google Chrome.
I’ve been using this, coupled with a Pi-Top laptop kit, as my go-to workstation when I’m out and about.
I bought it (Rasp 3) and a Pi-Top modular laptop kit, designed for physical computing, prototyping with bread boards, that sort of thing. The hope was to get better at java and learn python. I’ll tell you the same thing i told the Pi-Top Co. It Cost me (in Canada) quite a bit more, than it should have, had I done my research. Meaning: I can by one in Canada (Rasp 3 haven’t been able to find a Pi-Top ) with out the import charges, or the home land security questionnaire. THIS IS OF NO FAULT TO THE SPARKFUN PEOPLE. That and the slightly cheap feel of the key board, that is getting better with use, has reduced my review from excellent to good. Sorry spfun. people, subjective utility is subject utility even if it wasn’t your fault :-). if I had know there was more than a 50 dollar import charge I might have looked in Canada a little harder. Rasp 3’s can be bought from the Element14 Canada people in Ontario. But over all very happy, its a really cool little device and makes an incredibly battery efficient laptop mother board. Ten hours of solid use (writing with wifi use, lousy speller) and I still had 20% of my battery.
I needed to build a fast remote monitor for an out building and this did the trick nicely. I put the camera on it and built a python script that takes a picture and sends it to me every half-hour. Much cheaper and much more fun than a commercial solution.
This little computer is so helpful at any project you want, I will use it to make an Arcade video game machine, I am planning add a HDMI LCD and some buttons and of course an arcade Joystick
The Raspberry Pi is a great little computing device. I bought this one to go along with the Pi-TopCeed, which is also a great device. I cannot wait to embed a few sensors into the project.
The Raspberry Pi 3 is an excellent macro-computer. Great performance!
I own several pi’s from the zero up through the 3 and am using this in a pi-top and it is performing beautifully.
It’s a christmas gift and part of a larger array of stuff that will be used to teach my son (12) to solder. But it looks cool and I can’t wait to dig in on this project.
I have an rpi zero and a nanopi2, but this my favorite. Although the other two are great, this one is so dang fast. It really does approach the feel of a desktop.
It runs node-red and nut UPS monitoring. I keep it SSH tun’d to a remote server so I can always SSH into my home network.
It never breaks a sweat.
I did have an issue with WiFi stability, had to turn off power management for it. That’s a lousy thing to saddle a beginner with, so that is a real con. But, I’m not a beginner, so for me personally it didn’t warrant removing a star.
EDIT: I forgot I was also running OpenHAB and mosquitto on it in a docker container. That’s how fast this thing is!
Hi. Assembly was just like video, everything was there and worked out-of-the-box. It boots quickly and runs for hours. I surf, watch youtube (sometimes it lags) and develop in C & Assembly with GCC for high-end embedded ARM devices (the BeagleBone actually!). Compilation is faster than my windows laptop. I really wanted to develop ARM/Linux applications on an ARM/Linux machine. It’s the future. It’s my main machine now. The transition took a week, but the tools and support are all there.
I’m new to the RPi, but am loving it so far and I’m enjoying learning all it has to offer.
No complaints. There’s nothing for me to add about how great the Pi platform is. This board worked perfectly out of the box. 10/10 would buy again.
So inexpensive for what it can do and the fun you can have. Very easy to get started with the hardware and software. Lots of community and Sparkfun support, YouTube vids, articles, etc. The number of use-cases out there seems impressive. My personal objective/use-case is to connect with Pixhawk and provide downlink telemetry as well as video over cellular network. Making very good progress so far and it’s a satisfying learning exercise too. Highly recommend it.
It works great for even slighly heavier use such as SDR (software defined radio) and even web-browsing on all the mainstream places that are full of videoes and pictures is no longer painfully slow.
The in-built wireless is also not just very convenient but also operates on a different channel from the wired Ethernet and USB ports, so it allows for faster IO throughput.
setup for Pihole… doing exceptionally well.
Using in many places.
I was impressed at how easy it was to get this up and running. I used mine to build a Stratum-1 GPS NTP server. It has been running for weeks now, and holds time quite well (+/- 2 us), vs the 5ms window of my previous internet-connected NTP server. An off-the-shelf solution like this tends to cost around $500 or more, so this was just a wonderful piece of kit (and it can do so much more!)
I’ve started a prototype with Edison board but eventually, I’ve realized that I need a simpler way to run Python and OpenCV code with image recognition so raspberry pi with camera module happens to be what I was looking for. Great board.
This thing is reasonably powerful. It runs fldigi without any apparent trouble. Does not run CubicSDR very well however. Some things you should keep in mind:
These boards are static sensitive. This is my third one. First one was damaged I believe due to ESD. The HDMI port quit working even though it worked initially, and the unit ran very hot. It showed enough promise in the intended application-amateur radio, that I bought a replacement that got a lot more careful handling. I then used the damaged one at work to provide a serial source for testing an RS232 datalogger for multiple days at a time. The damaged one was quickly replaced as within a minute or two after powerup the processor would reach, and stay at, about 83 degrees C even with aftermarket heatsinks. I really should throw the damaged one away ;).
Second, If you want to use both the RS232 port and bluetooth, you will have to lock the processor at a specific frequency. Really irritated at the Raspberry Pi foundation for that.
Third, these things need clean power. Spend a little bit of money to get a USB cable that can handle higher current. If they experience any brownouts you are likely going to lock up the processor. What on earth possessed the Pi foundation to use a micro-usb connector to feed in power? Really poor decision for an embedded device.
One thing I do like about this is it is a powerful little computer that can be powered comfortably from a lead acid battery if you are comfortable making your own 5V high current power supply. For my application I believe the average current with the display was a little bit over a half amp. I think there are brief spikes though that can go into multiple amps, however I have not verified this with an oscilloscope.
On both of my operational Pis I am running Ubuntu Linux. Very quickly gave up on Raspbian due to the unorthodox way they handle UART permissions-effectively making the UART useless to progrmas like Cutecom. It seemed to also be a lot buggier than Ubuntu. On one of the Pis I have the 7" touch screen the Pi foundation sells. If you are writing your own software and user interface that is OK, but the screen elements on most other software are too small for a touch screen to be effective. Also the Pi foundation’s touch screen has too few pixels for most software to display properly.
Bluetooth keyboards can be a challenge to setup on Linux, good luck ;). It is best to immediately uninstall blueman if you are going to try to setup a bluetooth keyboard. So far I have found out of 2 bluetooth keyboards I have setup on Pis, that blueman didn’t work at all. I have had to use a program called bluetoothctrl-a command line utility. I have been using an embedded HDMI display I bought from Adafruit for the Pi that runs fldigi (a HAM radio application) that has a higher screen resolution but about the same dimensions as the Pi foundations 7" display.
I hope all this is helpful to anyone thinking of using one of these Pis in an embedded project.
I bought this RasPi with the PiRetrocade kit. I showed the kids how to make a lunch box arcade with the “SparkFun PiRetrocade” kit (KIT-14007). The PiRetrocade kit, it is so simple anybody can do it. Only thing I would change on the PiRetrocade kit, the connector are too big for those small wires.
Yeah, I go back always in playing with ~Zap~.
Built my first Radio in 1957. I Worked in the Army when they got their FIRST IC transceiver in 1969.
And now I play with RasPi….
although i didnt buy a proper power supply at first, im running my pi3 off of an old atx power supply, which has more than enough juice. love the pi3, still playing with the pi1’s, of which i have 3, ill probably pick up another 3 at some point. only thing i wish i had a uk version. also, heatsinking the 3 is a good idea, and was a fun project in and of itself. enjoy!!!
What can I say, an rpi with wifi … awesome. As with all pis, performance is linked to the quality of the sdcard … so pick one with a fast transfer rate. I’m not going to advertise for anyone here but there are sites that provide comparative reviews of sdcards that are very helpful.
For such a low price, the Pi has great specs and performs wonderfully. You need to know Python to get any specialized performance out of it. However, it does work great with the default settings too!
Way faster than the raspberry pi 2. And With wifi and Bluetooth on board this little gem opens up a ton of possibilities! I just wish I had more time to play with it. Spark fun sent the unit at A great price and I got it fast! Having so much fun and learning a lot! There’s so much power in this tiny computer it’s amazing!
My advanced Computer Science students are having a great time building self-directed final projects using the Pi3.
I already loved the Raspberry Pi but this one is kinda sick. The built-in WiFi makes this super convenient and I’m looking forward to playing with the Bluetooth capabilities as well. Just get one already!
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Everything works so much faster now!
Great speed upgrade for the Pi. 64 bit cpu really helps. Just waiting for the Bluetooth to work and the WiFi to configure correctly.
It’s awesome having the extra speed (1.2ghz), the WiFi and Bluetooth built in!!! I love this thing!!
If you don’t want to use HDMI for video, you can with the correct TRRS cable, connect a Pi to a composite video monitor. Just edit /boot/config.txt by commenting out the following lines:
dtparam=i2c_arm=on dtparam=spi=on hdmi_force_hotplug=1
And adding these lines: