Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ launched to celebrate Pi Day

Alonzo Simpson
March 14, 2018

Now, the makers of Raspberry Pi have come up with an updated model addressing the limitations of the previous versions.

For those interested in using the Raspberry Pi in products that will go up for sale, the entire board is now certified as a radio module by the FCC. As a result, power consumption can be lower on the Model B+ for the same clock frequencies and voltages.

On what a certain segment of society refer to as "Pi Day", the Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

By way of a quick recap, the Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized contraption that serves as a building block for functional computers - users can construct fully working PCs or machines that control their connected home, for example.

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.

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Many a computer device user will have a thirst for "moar power" and the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ delivers this on the computational front by installing a faster Broadcom BCM2837B0 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU. The chip runs at 1.4GHz, which throttles down to 1.2GHz only once temperatures exceed 70 degrees Celsius.

Wireless connectivity is also greatly improved thanks to the inclusion of a Cypress CYW43455 "combo" chip and a Proant PCB antenna, which is very similar to the one used on the Pi Zero W.

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.

Lastly, the Model B+ comes complete with Power over Ethernet (PoE), which hasn't officially been supported until now. It throttles down further beyond 80 degrees (an unlikely event), notes PCMag. 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. Speaking to TechRepublic, Upton said, "It's not a Raspberry Pi 4".

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