Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ launched with improved performance

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ launched with improved performance

To date, over 19 million Raspberry Pi computers have been sold. However, the product started to fall behind as more refined models came to the market. Out of which, the Raspberry Pi 3 accounts for over 9 million units.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation on Wednesday announced that it's now selling the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. A faster processor and better connectivity options are available on the new model.

Finally, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ now supports Power over Ethernet (PoE), with a PoE HAT capable of providing the necessary 5V of power set to arrive in the near future. The earlier version had a 1.2GHz CPU. These include the new processor's improved power integrity, packaging, and heat spreader, and internal clocking and voltage rule tuning.

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Connectivity has also been improved, as the B+ comes with a dual-band 2.4Ghz and 5GHz wireless connectivity, as well as gigabit ethernet over USB 2.0, supporting up to 300Mbps, along with Bluetooth 4.2 and Bluetooth Low Energy Support. Support for dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN has been added to allow connections to 5 GHz networks. The certification would make it easier and cheaper to commercially launch products based on the latest board. The upgraded chip supports Gigabit Ethernet, resulting in performance improvement. It must be noted that the Raspberry Pi 3B+ consumes "substantially more power than its predecessor", and thus a high-quality 2.5A power supply is recommended. It throttles down further beyond 80 degrees (an unlikely event), notes PCMag. Like a modern smartphone, we treat the thermal mass of the device as a resource, to be spent carefully with the goal of optimizing user experience. It's a good thing though as it will work well with the existing Pi cases and accessories. Also, the price is still right: $35, just like always. There are no plans to discount older models or cease production until there's a clear sign demand is drying up. Bandwidth on the 3B model was about 35.7Mbps, according to the organization. The Pi Foundation says it may upgrade the Raspberry Pi 1A+, presumably to a model B, sometime soon as well.

Meanwhile, Upton also gave some hint of the Raspberry Pi 4.

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