A Faster New Raspberry Pi 3 is Now Available

A Faster New Raspberry Pi 3 is Now Available

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. Now, a new revision named Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is right on schedule for Pi Day. Available now for only $35, it offers several advantages over its predecessor, the Model B, including a faster processor and improved wireless and Ethernet networking.

"The new product is built around BCM2837B0, an updated version of the 64-bit Broadcom application processor used in Raspberry Pi 3B", it said. As a result, power consumption can be lower on the Model B+ for the same clock frequencies and voltages. 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.

The new board has a slightly faster 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Bluetooth 4.2 (an upgrade from 4.1), and dual-band Wi-Fi.


Otherwise, the new Pi board is identical to the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Raspberry Pi 2, featuring four USB 2.0 ports, a 40-pin GPIO header, one full-size HDMI port, display and camera ports, and four-pole stereo output and composite video ports. Streaming and file transfer over ethernet will be a significant improvement over the previous 10/100 Mbps support. PXE network and USB mass-storage booting have also been improved to alleviate some prior frustrations. 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. Power-over-Ethernet is now officially supported with a separate add-on. This significantly reduces the amount of work required to demonstrate compliance with existing regulations. Today, many enthusiasts put a heat sink on their Raspberry Pis.

RS Components (RS), the global distributor for engineers, today announced availability of the latest Raspberry Pi computer board: Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

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