The Raspberry Pi 5 is here, with huge improvements

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The Raspberry Pi 5 is here, with huge improvements

Surprise! The details of the Raspberry Pi 5 are now known. And although you can’t get your hands on this new product yet, you can already look forward to the new features and improvements.

In the first row of these is a new chip.

The Broadcom BCM2712 quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex-A76 processor is three generations ahead of the one used in the Raspberry Pi 4. Not only is it faster than the old chip – between two and three times faster – but it also consumes less power, which should allow it to run cooler.

Technical characteristics of the Raspberry Pi 5

  • 64-bit Arm Cortex-A76 CPU with four cores clocked at 2.4GHz
  • VideoCore VII GPU, supporting OpenGL ES 3.1, Vulkan 1.2
  • Dual HDMI output 4KP60
  • HEVC 4Kp60 Decoder
  • LPDDR4X-4267 SDRAM (4GB and 8GB available)
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0 / Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • High-speed microSD card interface with SDR104 mode support
  • 2×USB 3.0 ports, supporting simultaneous operation at 5 Gbps
  • 2× USB 2.0 ports
  • Gigabit Ethernet, with PoE+ support (requires a separate PoE+ docking station, coming soon)
  • 2×4-way MIPI transceivers for cameras/displays
  • PCIe 2.0 x1&#13 Interface;
  • 40-pin GPIO standard Raspberry Pi
  • Real time clock

  • Power button

The Raspberry Pi 5 is equipped with a new processor — the Broadcom BCM2712 quad-core Arm Cortex-A76 64-bit processor. Raspberry Pi/ZDNET

Twice as much GPU power

The GPU has also been improved, with the new Broadcom VideoCore VII, which offers twice as much performance as the old GPU. It supports two 4K60 screens, which represents a strong increase compared to the single 4K30 screen that the Raspberry Pi 4 could control.

There is also a new chip, the RP1, which is the I/O controller of the Raspberry Pi 5. It supports two USB 3.0 interfaces and two USB 2.0 interfaces, as well as the Gigabit Ethernet controller. It also manages the two four-way MIPI transceivers for the camera and the display, the analog video output and the 3.3V general purpose I/O (GPIO).

The bandwidth of USB 3 is also doubled, and there is even a single PCIe lane that will allow users to attach high-bandwidth PCIe and NMVe peripherals to the Raspberry Pi 5.

Even the access speeds to SD cards have been doubled!

Even the access speeds to SD cards have been doubled! Oh, and there is a power button on the board!

The Raspberry Pi 5 is slightly more expensive than the Raspberry Pi 4 – the version with 4 GB of RAM costs $60, while the version with 8 GB costs $80 – and due to changes in the layout of the ports, you will have to buy a new case.

Raspberry Pi 5 board

The layout of the Raspberry Pi 5 has been slightly modified, which means that owners cannot use the old Raspberry Pi 4 cases. Raspberry Pi/ZDNET

Like the previous Raspberry Pi cards, this one is also manufactured at the Sony UK Technology Centre in Pencoed, in South Wales, in the United Kingdom.

The Raspberry Pi 5 is available for pre-order today, and the cards will be shipped from October.

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