Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+: A closer look at the newest board

Federico Mansilla
Marcha 14, 2018

Without increasing the price of a Pi, the Foundation has maintained its long tradition of making enthusiasts very, very happy (judging by the excited fangirl and fanboi squeaking on Twitter and Reddit) as well as reassuring industrial clients which prefer stability to shiny that the old models will remain in production.

In news guaranteed to bring joy to hobbyists and nerds the world over, the $35 Model 3 B+ now features a 1.4Ghz quad core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU, up from 1.2GHz in the previous incarnation.

The key improvements on the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ are its processor and networking capabilities.

While this doesn't seem like much of an update, this results in a 15 per cent performance compared to its predecessor.

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The board also incorporates power integrity optimisations, a heat spreader, and dual-band wireless LAN and Bluetooth. It also got a microSD port for data storing and the support for Power over Ethernet or PoE along with a PoE HAT add-on.

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.

Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading said: "When we launched the Raspberry Pi 3 two years ago, we expected to see an increase in its use as an embedded product, especially in IoT related projects".

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