Raspberry Pi Model B gets more power, faster connectivity

Cesar Mills
March 15, 2018

Gigabit Ethernet. The Model B+ supports gigabit (1000 Mbps) Ethernet, though the required USB 2.0 connection limits the speed to about 315 Mbps max. Raspberry Pi Foundation said that the wireless LAN with dual-band comes with a modular compliance certificate, which makes the launch of Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ in easier and cheaper way.

Wireless connectivity is also greatly improved thanks to the inclusion of a Cypress CYW43455 "combo" chip and a Proant PCB antenna, which is very similar to the one used on the Pi Zero W.

Two years after the arrival of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, which brought wireless and 64-bit ARMv8 computing to what was already the most popular Linux hacking platform of all time, Raspberry Pi Trading and the Raspberry Pi Foundation have delivered a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with a faster processor, WiFi, and Ethernet. The Raspberry Pi 1 B+, Raspberry Pi 2B, and Raspberry Pi 3B are all still available for $25, $35, and $35, respectively.

"Once again, Raspberry Pi continues to evolve, boosting its processing and communications performance", says Lindsley Ruth, CEO of Electrocomponents.

While it's been significantly improved compared to its predecessor that was launched some two years ago, the Pi 3 Model B+ is an exact copy of the Pi 3 Model B and the Pi 2. The new version incorporates power integrity optimizations and a heat spreader.

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The B+ model is the most powerful Pi product so far and it manages to combine the advantages of all the previous ones. The price remains the same too, meaning it'll cost $35/£30 at the usual suppliers. According to Raspberry Pi, it's sold more than 9 million Raspberry Pi 3 units and a total of 19 million Raspberry Pis in total. It also got a microSD port for data storing and the support for Power over Ethernet or PoE along with a PoE HAT add-on.

The Raspberry Pi is the little computer that could.

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ still has a full-sized HDMI port, four USB ports, and an audio jack.

In short, the upgraded Pi promises more speed and power.

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