Quicker Raspberry Pi 3 Arrives With Model B+ Launch

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The upgraded chip supports Gigabit Ethernet, resulting in performance improvement.

A new version of the Raspberry Pi 3 has been unleashed, with a faster processor and notable improvements on the connectivity front.

Already popular among the maker crowd, the new Pi version should be easier to integrate into products, as it ships with modular compliance certification for the new dual-band Wi-Fi.

As the name suggests, the Pi 3 B+ shares many features with the original Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, launched back in February 2016. The Foundation isn't planning to discontinue the older models, but it's considering a new "entry-level" A-series board with some features from the Model B+. In addition to boosting the WiFi, the Raspberry Pi 3B+'s Bluetooth has advanced from 4.1 to 4.2, once again with BLE support. The first example was Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+, which added two additional USB ports, introduced our current form factor, and rolled up a variety of other feedback from the community. "The wireless circuitry is encapsulated under a metal shield", writes Upton. The revised processor carries model number BCM2837B0 and has a metallic heat spreader to improve thermal performance. The price remains the same too, meaning it'll cost $35/£30 at the usual suppliers.

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Raspberry Pi released the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B about two years ago. Streaming and file transfer over ethernet will be a significant improvement over the previous 10/100 Mbps support.

That said, the foundation says the Pi 3 Model B+ can sustain high performance for much longer periods than its predecessors. According to Raspberry Pi, it's sold more than 9 million Raspberry Pi 3 units and a total of 19 million Raspberry Pis in total. Raspberry Pi Foundation aims to launch its own dedicated PoE HAT that will generate the 5V needed to power this Pi model. The New Raspberry Pi 3B+ will not yet be available in South Africa until ICASA approval has been received due to its WiFi capability.

In short, the upgraded Pi promises more speed and power.

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