Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ microcomputer promises more speed

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ microcomputer promises more speed

For Ethernet the upgraded LAN7515 chip is used to deliver Gigabit Ethernet support. Just like the 3B, the 3B+ is launching at a $35 price point, and it's available today on Raspberry Pi's store.

Wireless networking has been given a boost too, thanks to an integrated Cypress CYW43455 combination chip that rocks both 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2, routed to a Proant PCB antenna like the one used on the Zero W, for improved wireless performance, particularly in the 5 GHz band. Today we will take a look at the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. It must be noted that the Raspberry Pi 3B+ consumes "substantially more power than its predecessor", and thus a high-quality 2.5A power supply is recommended.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation on Wednesday announced that it's now selling the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. Out of which, the Raspberry Pi 3 accounts for over 9 million units.

Obviously, unless you have specific hardware needs, your $35 are better spent on the new Pi 3 B+.

Alongside a 200MHz increase in peak CPU clock frequency, the new Pi supports roughly three times the wired and wireless network throughput, and the ability to sustain high performance for much longer periods. The entire board is now certified as a radio module under FCC rules, which will reduce the cost of conformance testing Raspberry Pi-based products.

The GbE port has a magjack that supports Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), which has been around awhile, but seems to be surging of late. Component manufacturers have created their own workarounds, but the Raspberry Pi Foundation will launch its own dedicated PoE HAT to make use of it in the near future.

The new quad-core -A53 Broadcom BCM2837B0 SoC improves the regulation accuracy of the PMIC, which has been switched to a MaxLinear MxL7704 part. Audio/video connections include HDMI and MIPI DSI/CSI display/camera ports, as well as a four-pole stereo output and composite video port. Raspberry Pi 1B+ will continue to sell for $25, Pi 2B and Pi 3B for $35. Speaking to TechRepublic, Upton said, "It's not a Raspberry Pi 4".

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