Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Arrives With More Power, Better Networking

Yolanda Curtis
March 14, 2018

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B has been an awesome device used by millions worldwide from commercial application to Kodi builds.

Raspberry has just announced an update to its flagship board, the Raspberry Pi 3. As a result, power consumption can be lower on the Model B+ for the same clock frequencies and voltages.

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is the latest from the Raspberry Pi foundation. This ebook explores the board's new features, measures its performance against earlier models, and includes an interview with Pi co-creator Eben Upton, who shares his thoughts on the product's evolution and plans for the future. 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 Model B+ sports a 1.4GHz quad-core Broadcom BCM2837B0 processor (compared to the 1.2GHz BCM2837 chip in the Pi 3), which the company says has come as a result of improved power integrity and thermal design. Raspberry Pi Foundation aims to launch its own dedicated PoE HAT that will generate the 5V needed to power this Pi model. But thanks to new packaging and a new heat spreader, it runs faster, at 1.4 GHz.

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. "While the USB 2.0 connection to the application processor limits the available bandwidth, we still see roughly a threefold increase in throughput compared to Raspberry Pi 3B", the blog post reads.

The Pi Foundation will continue to sell the previous Pi 3 model, the Model B, for $35 as well because certain industrial customers still require it. For makers that is a very positive change as it allowed for the entire device to be certified as a radio module under FCC rules - with a significant reduction in the cost of conformance testing Raspberry Pi-based products as a knock-on effect.

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