The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ microcomputer promises more speed


The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ microcomputer promises more speed

Building upon the phenomenal success of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, which will remain in production, the new board is the latest product in the Raspberry Pi 3 range and targets a very wide range of users including students and enthusiasts, as well as experienced engineers and professionals who are developing innovative Internet of Things (IoT) applications. It's faster, it has better networking, and most interestingly, the Pi 3 Model B+ comes with modular compliance certification, allowing anyone to put the Pi into a product with vastly reduced compliance testing.

For Pi users working with a wired Ethernet connection, this model comes with Power-over-Ethernet which hasn't been supported until now.

Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0. The New Raspberry Pi 3B+ will not yet be available in South Africa until ICASA approval has been received due to its Wi-Fi capability. Above 70°C, we drop to 1.2GHz, and use the improvements to decrease the core voltage, increasing the period of time before we reach our 80°C thermal throttle; the reduction in power consumption is such that many use cases will never reach the throttle.

Improved Wi-Fi. The Model B+ now features dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) 802.11ac wireless LAN, compared to single-band (2.4 GHz) 802.11b/g/n on the previous model.

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It also has Bluetooth 4.2 which is an upgrade from its previous 4.1 version. However, the improved power integrity of the Broadcom chip takes care of the throttling. The chip runs at 1.4GHz, which throttles down to 1.2GHz only once temperatures exceed 70 degrees Celsius.

As you'd expect, the new board remains compatible with all the existing Pi 3 Model B accessories and retains the $35 price point. Further, the executive confirmed that there would be no change in the pricing of the earlier models.

While the Raspberry Pi's birthday (and the traditional release date for the newest and best Pi) was a few weeks ago, Pi Day is a fitting enough date for the introduction of the best Pi to date.