The Raspberry Pi 3 has been unveiled featuring a 64-bit processor that promises to be 50 per cent faster than its predecessor.
The new device is already on sale for less than £30 after having just been announced and also includes built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections for the first time.
The company behind the miniature computer, The Raspberry Pi Foundation, said it has now shipped more than eight million units, including three million units of Raspberry Pi 2. This makes the device the best-selling computer ever from a UK company.
It claims that the 1.2GHz processor, a 64-bit quad-core based on ARM designs, is 10 times faster than the original processor of the Raspberry Pi 1 released in 2012.
“This provides a 50-60 per cent increase in performance in 32-bit mode versus Raspberry Pi 2, or roughly a factor of ten over the original Raspberry Pi,” the company said in a blog post.
All of the connectors are in the same place and have the same functionality as the previous model, and the board can be run from a 5V micro-USB power adapter.
However, this generation’s model has a higher power output from its USB ports, allowing it to power more energy intensive peripherals if connected to a 2.5A adapter.
The company said it was not planning to discontinue the previous two versions of the device and would continue manufacturing them as long as there was demand.
The last model was released just over a year ago and offered six times more power and twice the memory of the original Raspberry Pi model B.
Although it has proved to be a hit amongst computer hobbyists and embedded engineers, the product’s number one target customer is school children as its original purpose is to encourage interest in computer technology from a younger generation.