23rd February 2024 12:17 pm
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Raspberry Pi 5 announced for end of October release

  • The Raspberry Pi Foundation has unveiled its latest offering – the Raspberry Pi 5.
  • This new single-board computer comes four years after the launch of its predecessor.
  • The Raspberry Pi 5 features silicon that was built in-house, doubling or tripling the computing capability of the Pi 4, depending on the configuration.

Hobbyists, DIYers, and makers will be pleased to hear that there is a new single-board computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation in the form of the Raspberry Pi 5.

This latest iteration comes four year after its predecessor, and now boasts silicon that was built in-house. The result of this is double or triple the CPU performance of the Raspberry Pi 4, the Foundation explained.

Said performance ins delivered via a 2.4GHz quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex-A76 CPU, with 4GB RAM and 8GB RAM models available to purchase.

As for the other key components found on the Raspberry Pi 5, it features the following:

  • “VideoCore VII GPU, supporting OpenGL ES 3.1, Vulkan 1.2
  • Dual 4Kp60 HDMI display output
  • 4Kp60 HEVC decoder
  • Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0 / Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • High-speed microSD card interface with SDR104 mode support
  • 2 × USB 3.0 ports, supporting simultaneous 5Gbps operation
  • 2 × USB 2.0 ports
  • Gigabit Ethernet, with PoE+ support (requires separate PoE+ HAT, coming soon)
  • 2 × 4-lane MIPI camera/display transceivers
  • PCIe 2.0 x1 interface for fast peripherals
  • Raspberry Pi standard 40-pin GPIO header
  • Real-time clock
  • Power button”

If you are keen on purchasing one (or several) of these new boards, recommended pricing for the 4GB version is $60 (~R1 153) and $80 (~R1 537) for the 8GB flavour.

The Raspberry Pi 5 is expected to go on sale in selected regions in late October, but we will need to wait to see what the South African availability and pricing will be for those willing to wait for local retailers and suppliers.

The Foundation also confirmed that it will make this new board available to purchase until 2035, so we can expect plenty of improvements and new components in the coming years.

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