Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
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A Faster New Raspberry Pi 3 is Now Available

A Faster New Raspberry Pi 3 is Now Available

Other connections are unchanged, with Ethernet, four USB 2 ports, a 40-pin GPIO connector, an HDMI video output, camera and touchscreen ports, stereo/composite video, and a microSD slot for its software and operating system. Well the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is an improvement over the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, its first 64-bit product launched two years ago.

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. And similar to the Pi 3 Model B, it costs $35 - while the previous model is now on sale for $5 less through some outlets. Raspberry Pi opted for BCM2837B0, which is the same chip found in the original 3B but this time around, it's capable of reaching a higher clock speed of 1.4GHz.

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is manufactured exclusively in the United Kingdom under licence by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Still, the 3B+ is unquestionably the best Raspberry Pi available at the moment, and in keeping with Raspberry Pi tradition, one can be had on the cheap. The new processor is not only faster, but also comes with a heat spreader and power integrity optimizations to better manage the temperature. The latest offering can now be ordered online for $35 (same price as before).

Around 19 million Raspberry Pi units have been sold over the past six years, with the Raspberry Pi 3 accounting for around half of those.

Furthermore, the B+ features Power-over-Ethernet support (with separate PoE HAT), as well as PXE network and USB mass-storage booting improvements. The New Raspberry Pi 3B+ will not yet be available in South Africa until ICASA approval has been received due to its WiFi capability.

The Pi 3 Model B+ is faster, but also consumes more power and might overheat during resource intensive tasks. "I think what we've ended up with is something which is a really good B+, a bit too good for a B+, but that would be not really anywhere near enough for a Raspberry Pi 4".

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