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The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ microcomputer promises more speed

14 March 2018

There are quite a few different Raspberry Pi models in existence, but it's not too hard to keep them straight: new ones are better.

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ launched today and improves upon the existing Pi 3 Model B in a number of ways. But the first Pi to rock integrated wireless connectivity is now a little over 2 years old.

The new Raspberry Pi, which launches two years after the original Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, features the same quad-core Broadcom BCM2837 CPU as it's predecessor.

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The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is manufactured exclusively in the United Kingdom under licence by the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

It also now offers Bluetooth 4.2 support compared to Bluetooth 4.1, and ethernet networking should be speedier due to the introduction of gigabit ethernet over USB 2.0, though bandwidth is limited to a maximum of 300 Mbps - still, that's three times more than the previous model. It's not only faster, but also includes a heat spreader and power integrity optimizations allowing it to better control temperature while enjoying more performance.

Lastly, the Model B+ comes complete with Power over Ethernet (PoE), which hasn't officially been supported until now. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will be submitting the application to ICASA and approval is expected around May/June.

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"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". The Foundation does point out that the 3B+ draws more power than the straight 3B (which, along with earlier models, will continue to be manufactured as long as there is demand), so advises using a high quality 2.5 A power supply. The operating system and storage needs are taken care of by a microSD card pushed into the integrated slot.

Raspberry has just announced an update to its flagship board, the Raspberry Pi 3. The video below has more on the release.

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The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ microcomputer promises more speed