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Today, we’re delighted to announce the launch of Raspberry Pi 5, coming at the end of October.
Priced at $60 for the 4GB variant, and $80 for its 8GB sibling (plus your local taxes), virtually every
aspect of the platform has been upgraded, delivering a no-compromises user experience.
Raspberry Pi 5 comes with new features, it’s over twice as fast as its predecessor, and it’s the first
Raspberry Pi computer to feature silicon designed in‑house here in Cambridge, UK.

Key features include:

    2.4GHz quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex-A76 CPU
    VideoCore VII GPU, supporting OpenGL ES 3.1, Vulkan 1.2
    Dual 4Kp60 HDMI® display output
    4Kp60 HEVC decoder
    Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi®
    Bluetooth 5.0 / Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
    High-speed microSD card interface with SDR104 mode support
    2 × USB 3.0 ports, supporting simultaneous 5Gbps operation
    2 × USB 2.0 ports
    Gigabit Ethernet, with PoE+ support (requires separate PoE+ HAT, coming soon)
    2 × 4-lane MIPI camera/display transceivers
    PCIe 2.0 x1 interface for fast peripherals
    Raspberry Pi standard 40-pin GPIO header
    Real-time clock
    Power button

Although on the one hand, I'm very excited that they are going to be releasing the new improved Raspberry 5 (the previous PI 4, was often plagued by severe shortages, because of Covid and things, through most of its release life).

I'm a little bit disappointed, (although after-market add-ons and even official add-ons, are likely to resolve many or all of these things), they haven't, as standard addressed things like:

Improved thermal handling, when under big CPU loads. (But it does look like they will be selling official solutions to that issue).
Increasing maximum memory (RAM) to 16 GB or more. (But 8 GB is plenty for many things, even the 4 GB version, is usually perfectly fine).
Giving eMMC storage options, to replace the potentially unreliable microSD cards.
Putting some kind of M.2 slot, for SSDs, which are becoming so affordable with ever increasing capacities, that it would make a very nice addition.

On the other hand.  Prices seem to have remained rather affordable, and putting in some of my suggestions, could have increased the price too much, especially for some use case scenarios.

I suspect, there will be (relatively soon), special after-market cases, which resolve the possible cooling issues and give it an M.2 slot, as well as maybe other features.

It is possible an unannounced 16 GB version, is planned for the future.

The following video (Jeff Geerling), seems to be rather good (describing many of the improvements), giving lots of details and more, about the Raspberry PI 5.

From the Video:
It seems it can readily support M.2 drives, because of the built in, PCIe connector, via hats.
It also seems that 16 GB RAM, is now possible, so may be released, some time in the future.

Why "embedded computing"?? In my opinion, all stuff powered with fan is not, and cannot be embedded.

Sounds cool. Question is: what about price? "Similarly" spec'ed SBCs from competitors are in the > $100 range. Let's see what they offer here. Will they *really* manage the  "$60 for the 4GB variant, and $80 for its 8GB sibling" price tag in the end? (Note that if you add VAT you'll end up in the $100 area anyway.)

Other than that, unless I missed it, I think it would have been cool if they had integrated a RP2040, but I guess that if would have required an additional connector (re-using the "standard" 40-pin header to break out a number of RP2040 GPIOs would have made the thing incompatible with all the "hats" ecosystem.)


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