FCC Docs Show Raspberry Pi 3 With On-Board Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
One of the longstanding shortcomings of the Raspberry Pi—the mini-computer that everybody loves to love—is its lack of wireless connectivity. Sure, you can buy a USB Wi-Fi dongle, but that’s an added expense, and it means one fewer USB port at your disposal on a device that’s already somewhat limited, connectivity-wise.
Luckily, we may not have to wait much longer for a Raspberry Pi with built-in Wi-Fi: According to the programming news and information site I Programmer, the United States Federal Communications Commission has published documents to its website that show a new Raspberry Pi with both on-board Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE.
The documents, which the FCC posts as part of its customary testing process, include photos that indicate the new device—dubbed the Raspberry Pi 3—includes both the requisite electronics for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. According to I Programmer, the on-board Espressif ESP8266 Wi-Fi chipset adds about $2 to the cost of manufacturing the device.