Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ adds faster networking for Pi Day

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ adds faster networking for Pi Day

Faster Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0). The Raspberry Pi Foundation chose Pi Day to unveil the latest upgrade to the hugely popular single-board computer, the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

The other main boons come on the networking front, with a Cypress CYW43455 chip providing dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi (whereas only 802.11n was supported in the original Pi 3) and Bluetooth 4.2 (a step up from the previous Bluetooth 4.1). The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ will certainly help the Foundation to sell a lot more units of its affordable computing boards.

And just in case you're still looking to buy older Raspberry Pi hardware, you should know the 1B+, 2B, and 3B will still continue to sell for $25, $35, and $35, alongside the new 3B+ model. The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ has support for Gigabit Ethernet, although the actual throughput is limited by the USB 2.0 bus. There's also a new PCB antenna similar to the one introduced on the cheaper Raspberry Pi Zero.

"The new board has faster processing, faster-wired networking and improved wireless connectivity; and with modular compliance certification and the same extraordinary support provided through communities and forums, users can learn, create and bring products to market faster than ever before".

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Elsewhere there are improvements to power management and thermals for better sustained performance levels. Compared to its predecessor, Raspberry Pi 3B+ delivers somewhat better performance in the 2.4GHz band and far better performance in the 5GHz band.

Raspberry Pi released the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B about two years ago.

That said, the foundation says the Pi 3 Model B+ can sustain high performance for much longer periods than its predecessors. The Foundation is now going to launch its own PoE HAT so that component manufacturers can make use of it. Yet, he notes that the new board consumes "substantially more power", and recommends a high-quality 2.5A power supply, such as the official Raspberry Pi Universal Power Supply.

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