Raspberry Pi 3 announced

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced availability of their new board—the Raspberry Pi 3.

Faster, more powerful, and IoT-ready straight from the box, the new Raspberry Pi 3 is available for pre-order in the Microsoft Store online. Windows 10 support is available for the new board via a new Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview update which is now available for download. You can also access the update via the newly supported Raspberry Pi installer (NOOBS).

Optimised for connected things and smaller devices with or without a display, Windows 10 IoT Core brings the power of Windows, including enterprise grade security and servicing, automatic updates through Windows Update when connected to the Internet and the rich Universal Windows Platform (UWP) APIs that give apps easy control over system management features.

Since Windows 10 support for Raspberry Pi was first announced last year, user feedback has helped to drive the platform forward, enabling more and more Raspberry Pi capabilities on Windows 10 IoT Core.

Support that has been added includes:

  • Support for the official Raspberry Pi Wi-Fi dongle and other common Wi-Fi dongles
  • Support for the TX/RX pins enabling easy access to the UART by simply calling GetDeviceSelector (“UART0”) method on the SerialDevice class.

With the popularity of the Raspberry Pi, many customers have asked about commercialising with the platform. In response, Microsoft has said, “We are working with element14 to provide customers with the option to choose Windows 10 IoT Core as part of their Raspberry Pi Customisation Service. OEMs will now be able to build versions of the Raspberry Pi that meet their unique requirements, use the open source BSP that Microsoft has released and deploy with Windows 10 IoT Core. The interoperability, coupled with the power of the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite to drive meaningful action across devices, further extends the value that Microsoft delivers to our customers.”

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