Raspberry Pi 5 with new powerful processor and south bridge unveiled

Raspberry has unveiled the Pi 5 single-board computer, four years after the release of the Pi 4. The new device was the first solution based on a processor with a proprietary architecture.

Sep 29, 2023 - 12:47
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Raspberry Pi 5 with new powerful processor and south bridge unveiled

At the heart of Raspberry Pi 5 is a quad-core 64-bit Broadcom BCM2712 (Cortex-A76) processor with a clock frequency of 2.4 GHz, 512 Kb of L2 cache memory per core and a total L3 cache of 2 Mb. The graphics subsystem of the new computer is VideoCore VII with GPU frequency of 800 MHz and support for OpenGL ES 3.1 and Vulkan 1.2. According to the company, it provides almost three times more performance and improved graphics capabilities compared to its predecessor.

Raspberry Pi 5 is the first device in the series to feature the RP1 south bridge, which is responsible for connecting peripherals. According to the developers, it "provides a qualitative improvement in the performance and functionality of peripherals".

The computer has two 1.5Gbps MIPI transceivers, allowing you to connect two cameras or two displays. There is also one PCI Express 2.0 line, but an additional HAT module will be required. There are two USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports each, RJ-45, two HDMI ports (4K 60 fps displays are supported) and an SD card slot, powered through the USB-C port. Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0 and Bluetooth Low Energy are supported.

The 4 Gb RAM version is priced at $60, while the 8 Gb RAM variant is priced at $80. The Raspberry Pi 5 is expected to be available by the end of October.

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