Raspberry Pi 3 With WiFi And Bluetooth Coming Soon

The Raspberry Pi family of single board-computers has been popular with hobbyist and programmers for creating fun and wonderful low-cost technology projects since the first one launched in 2011. The lack of wireless connectivity options, however, has always been an issue with those computers but it appears the yet-to-be announced Raspberry Pi 3 will fix that. Here's what we know.

Caption: Image of the Raspberry Pi 3 from the FCC website

Update: An Australian components online retailer has been confirmed to be selling the Raspberry Pi 3 right now. Click here to see the details

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has submitted details of an upcoming addition to its ARM-powered single-board computers product range to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US. The documents were submitted to verify that the new offering, dubbed Raspberry Pi 3, meets with radio standards in the country.

Based on the submitted documents, the Raspberry Pi 3 will have on-board WiFi and Bluetooth support. This will be welcome news for fans of the Raspberry Pi who have made do with network adaptors to get wireless connectivity on their mini computers.

Caption: Image of the Raspberry Pi 3 from the FCC website

Competitors have capitalised on the Raspberry Pi's lack of connectivity. For example, Next Thing Co. released a miniature computer called C.H.I.P. with WiFi B/G.N and Bluetooth 4.0 for US$9 to directly compete with the Raspberry Pi Zero (US$5).

Not much else is known about Raspberry Pi 3 and there's no details on how much the device will sell for. But considering the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B retails for around US$35, the price point for the Pi 3 should be similar.

We'll bring you more information on the Raspberry Pi 3 as soon as we hear more about it.

Further Reading: Raspberry Pi: Which Model Should You Buy?

[Via FCC]


Comments

    Might hold off on getting a Pi if this is the case, as I was looking to just use micro wifi and bluetooth usb adapters but that increases the cost very quickly.

      And also sometimes a bit of a mission depending on what you use the Rasp for (having to manually install ect)

    Is power the next battle? Is there an easy way to keep a pi powered without running a cord? Or is it a case of adding a battery, then pushing a low battery notification when need be?

      Pretty sure others have solved the power issue already. There has been more than one project thats been truly mobile, so I think the answer is mostly going to come down to cost.

    RS Components has these listed for sale: http://au.rs-online.com/web/p/processor-microcontroller-development-kits/8968660/?origin=PSF_431027|acc

    The datasheet and board diagrams are up as well:
    Datasheet: http://docs-asia.electrocomponents.com/webdocs/14ba/0900766b814ba5fd.pdf
    Diagram: http://docs-asia.electrocomponents.com/webdocs/14ba/0900766b814ba685.pdf

    I wonder if the rca provides true audio this time and not pwm audio.

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