The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the launch of the Raspberry Pi 5, a single-board computer that will be available in late October. The new model, priced at $60 for the 4GB version and $80 for the 8GB version, boasts significant upgrades.
The Raspberry Pi 5 features a 2.4 GHz quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex-A76 processor, VideoCore VII graphics processor, two 4Kp60 HDMI outputs, a 4Kp60 HEVC decoder, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0/Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and a high-speed microSD card interface.
In addition, the computer has two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet with PoE+, two 4-band MIPI receivers for cameras/displays, a PCIe 2.0 x1 interface, and a standard 40-pin GPIO connector.
According to the developers, the Raspberry Pi 5 is more than twice as fast as its predecessor, the Raspberry Pi 4. This announcement came on the eve of the product’s appearance on store shelves, pre-orders are already open, and the first batches are expected by the end of October. The Raspberry Pi Foundation expressed its gratitude to the community and committed to reserving all Raspberry Pi 5s until at least the end of the year for sale to individuals.
The Raspberry Pi 5 features three new chips that deliver a significant performance boost. These are the BCM2712, a new 16-nanometer application processor from Broadcom, the RP1, an I/O controller developed by the Raspberry Pi team, and the Renesas DA9091 Gilmour power management IC (PMIC).
The Raspberry Pi 5 retains the credit card size of its predecessors, but has an updated design to match the capabilities of the new chipset. The computer has a pair of FPC connectors for MIPI interfaces, a smaller FPC connector for PCI Express 2.0, and a Gigabit Ethernet connector in the lower right corner of the board. The board also has heatsink mounting holes and JST connectors for various functionalities.
Manufactured at Sony’s UK technology center in Penkydd, South Wales, the Raspberry Pi 5 also features several manufacturing innovations, including intrusive connector melting, full panel insulation, and a new approach to production testing.
The launch of Raspberry Pi 5 is accompanied by new accessories, including an updated case with thermal management features, an active cooler, a 27W USB-C power supply, camera and display cables, PoE+ HAT, M.2 HAT, Raspberry Pi Beginner’s Guide, 5th Edition, and an RTC battery.
The new version of the Raspberry Pi OS, based on Debian Bookworm, has been developed in parallel with the Raspberry Pi 5 and will be the only supported third-party operating system for the Raspberry Pi 5. It will be launched in mid-October, before the Raspberry Pi 5 hits store shelves.
The development of the Raspberry Pi 5 lasted 7 years and cost $25 million, and involved numerous organizations and individuals.