Microsoft Utilizes Raspberry Pi 3 for Realizing the IoT Requirements

By CIOReview | Tuesday, March 8, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: With the release of built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a faster 64-bit processor integrated Raspberry Pi 3, Microsoft announced an early-access build of its new Windows 10 IoT Core operating system that supports new single-board computer. Raspberry Pi 3 is currently available in Microsoft’s online store.

Raspberry Pi 3, priced at 35 dollars like its predecessor, offers enhanced performance and functionality. The update to Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview connects the lightweight OS to the new and more powerful hardware. The new board has the capability of running 32-bit applications and compares to the older versions to be 60 percent faster than Raspberry Pi 2 and 10 times faster than the original Raspberry Pi. The 900MHz ARM Cortex-A7 chip is swapped with a quad-core, 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A53 CPU in its place. Additionally, it uses a Broadcom BCM2837 System on Chip (SoC) that shares the same basic architecture of its predecessors (BCM2835 and BCM2836).

Billy Anders, Director of Program Management, Microsoft Windows IoT said, “The new Raspberry Pi 3 is faster, more powerful and the first out of the box IoT ready Raspberry Pi. We're thrilled to deliver the power of Windows 10 on the new board and your feedback continues to help us improve Windows 10 IoT Core.”

Windows 10 IoT Core unlocks the power of Windows, bringing in an array of services like enterprise-grade security and servicing, and automatic updates through Windows Update on connecting to the Internet. It is optimized for connected things and smaller devices with or without a display; and furnishes the rich Universal Windows Platform (UWP) APIs that give apps easy control over system management features. It will assist the developers and hobbyists who leverage Microsoft's OS for Internet of things (IoT) devices to assimilate the new hardware in their projects.

"OEMs will now be able to build versions of the Raspberry Pi that meet their unique requirements, use the open source BSP that Microsoft has released and deploy with Windows 10 IoT Core," stated Anders.

Raspberry Pi has turned out pretty popular so far, as more than 8 million units have been shipped already. The demand for custom and commercialized solutions based on Raspberry's hardware and Microsoft's software has also escalated noticeably.