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Here Comes the Raspberry Pi 5

Raspberry Pi 5In a few days’ time, the Raspberry Pi 5 will be here.

It’s been 4 years since the Raspberry Pi 4 was released in 2019, so it’s more than time for a rev.  In fact, this the longest interval between major versions since the 3-year wait after the initial Raspberry Pi.

What’s on tap?  More horsepower, naturally.  CPU will be a 2.4Ghz quad-core Arm chip with 512KB L2 cache per-core and a 2MB shared L3 cache.  The model 4 had a quad-core 1.5Ghz CPU.  You can get your board with either 4GB or 8GB RAM.

Quad USB ports (two 3.0 and two 2.0) is similar to previous, and of course that 40-pin header.

These little computers are getting more power-hungry.  And hotter.  From the release post:

Does Raspberry Pi 5 need active cooling?

Raspberry Pi 5 is faster and more powerful than prior-generation Raspberry Pis, and like most general-purpose computers, it will perform best with active cooling. The Raspberry Pi Case for Raspberry Pi 5, with its integrated fan, is one way to provide this.

This makes them a little less “embeddable” compared to earlier systems, as they require more juice as well.  For the R Pi 5, you’ll need a 27W 5V 5A power supply.  Of course, there is the Pico, etc. if you need small-power solutions.

What do you think?  Are you planning to pick one of these little guys up?


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