Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

A Faster New Raspberry Pi 3 is Now Available

A Faster New Raspberry Pi 3 is Now Available

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.

Talking about the specs, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is powered by a 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core Broadcom Arm Cortex A53-architecture processor. It is not gigabit, but it should peak at 37.5MB/s so is more than enough to handle any 1080P file, and quite possibly the CPU should handle 4K media playback.

The beefier processor benefits from power-related optimizations and a new heat spreader, which allowed for the higher clock speed to be reached.

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ launched today and improves upon the existing Pi 3 Model B in a number of ways. It is available immediately. According to the foundation, the dual-band wireless LAN is backed by modular compliance certification.

For projects requiring faster networking speeds, the Model B+ delivers dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless connectivity and gigabit ethernet over USB 2.0, which supports up to 300Mbps (three times the speed of previous boards). Processing power will also improve in the plus model.

The new computer also gets Power-over-Ethernet support, improved PXE network and USB mass-storage booting, and improved thermal management. The chip, which runs at 1.4GHz, throttles down to 1.2GHz if the temperatures exceed 70 degrees Celsius.

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. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will be submitting the application to ICASA and approval is expected around May/June. The Pi Foundation says it may upgrade the Raspberry Pi 1A+, presumably to a model B, sometime soon as well.

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