The new Raspberry Pi 3 is out

2016008_1rLet’s start the week with some pretty good news: The Raspberry Pi 3 is out, featuring a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU. It also comes with 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1.

The new Pi will be available in our store soon.

As the board design hasn’t changed, all HiFiBerry+ boards and cases are compatible with the new Raspberry Pi 3.

Check out the website of the Raspberry Pi foundation for more details.


Q: Do I still need a HiFiBerry sound card?
A: The audio output circuit on the Raspberry Pi is the same as on the existing A+/B+/2 units. This means: yes, for high-quality audio you still need a HiFiBerry add-on card.

Q: Should I replace my existing Raspberry Pi model A/B/A+/B+/2 with the new one?
A: No, if you’re happy with it, we do not recommend that you buy the new one. For most audio-related use cases, the performance of your old Raspberry Pi is good enough.

Q: Are the HiFiBerry products compatible with the new Raspberry Pi?
A: All “+” boards are compatible with the new Raspberry Pi 3. Note that most distributions will need an upgrade to the latest firmware to be compatible with the Raspberry Pi 3.

Q: Will you have the new Raspberry Pi 3 offering in your shop?
A: Yes, it is available in our shop already.

Q: Can I use the steel cases with the new Raspberry Pi 3, or will these cases interfere with the onboard WiFi or Bluetooth?
A: We recommend a WLAN stick with an external antenna, if you pick a metal case.

Q: Can I just put my existing SD card into the new Raspberry Pi 3?
A: If you have a working distribution, e.g., Volumio, RuneAudio, PiMusicBox or similar, it won’t work with the Raspberry Pi 3 right now. The distribution has to be compiled specifically for the new processor. We are currently working on offering you the new versions on our installer as soon as possible.

Q: Will application XXX perform better on the new one?
A: All applications should get a slight performance boost. However, to fully utilize the new Raspberry Pi, you need applications that use more than a single core.

Q: Are problems with the power supply of the Amp+ to be expected, since the power consumption of the new Raspberry Pi 3 has increased?
A: The power consumption of the Raspberry Pi has only slightly increased from model 2 to 3. We tried the Amp+ with its power supply on the new model, and the Raspberry Pi 3 booted and worked fine, powered through the Amp+. So we don’t expect any problems.

Q: I’m using the “old” HiFiBerry DAC for a business application. How long will it be available?
A: We have no plans to phase out the existing products in the near future. You might have noticed that even the boards for the older Raspberry Pi model A/B are still available. However, we recommend that you contact us to tell us more about your use cases. We already work with a lot of business customers and can support them with more than just the hardware.

Q: Is there an update for using Windows IoT for HiFiBerry?
A: There are still no plans to support Windows IoT.

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Posted by Anton (HiFiBerry team) on February 29, 2016