New upgrades to Raspberry Pi 3 bring more power and faster networking

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A faster processor and better connectivity options are available on the new model.

The launch, which has been timed to coincide with Pi Day, comes two years after the organization introduced its previous top-of-the-line Raspberry Pi 3 model and one year after the entry-level Raspberry Pi Zero W. Wi-Fi connectivity has also been improved because there is new dual-band antenna for Wi-Fi.

So, overall, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is quite similar to its former models and enthusiasts can buy it at the same price of $35 from here. The Raspberry Pi 1 B+, Raspberry Pi 2B, and Raspberry Pi 3B are all still available for $25, $35, and $35, respectively.

Those Raspberry Pi watchers will know that we have a history of releasing improved versions of our products a couple of years into their lives. In the product shot you can see the wireless circuitry is installed beneath an embossed metal shield. You can get Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ at its official website.

Alongside a 200MHz increase in peak CPU clock frequency, the new Raspberry Pi 3B B+ is three times faster when it comes to wired and wireless network throughput. It's certainly a nice aesthetic touch, but has also allowed the board to be FCC certified as a radio module, a move that should reduce future conformance testing costs.

If we compare the two models, the first thing we can notice is the fact that the processor is faster.

The GbE port has a magjack that supports Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), which has been around awhile, but seems to be surging of late. Writes Upton: "We will shortly launch a PoE HAT which can generate the 5V necessary to power the Raspberry Pi from the 48V PoE supply".

The new quad-core -A53 Broadcom BCM2837B0 SoC improves the regulation accuracy of the PMIC, which has been switched to a MaxLinear MxL7704 part.

The Raspberry Pi is the little computer that could. Audio/video connections include HDMI and MIPI DSI/CSI display/camera ports, as well as a four-pole stereo output and composite video port. Mechanical drawings and schematics have already been posted.

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