March 23, 2018

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ launched to celebrate Pi Day

14 March 2018, 04:54 | Marlene Myers

Raspberry Pi Foundation

Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi is the little computer that could.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has unveiled the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

Gigabit Ethernet makes in appearance on the board, resulting in another leap in network performance from the 100Mbit/s on the older model.

Now, with the release of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, we're seeing most powerful Pi yet. These have found their way into in schools, homes, offices and factories all over the globe.

If you're a bit puzzled by all this and what you may use this for, then check out to see some of the fantastic projects others are creating.

Connectivity has also been improved, as the B+ comes with a dual-band 2.4Ghz and 5GHz wireless connectivity, as well as gigabit ethernet over USB 2.0, supporting up to 300Mbps, along with Bluetooth 4.2 and Bluetooth Low Energy Support.

You can purchase the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (in) directly from the Raspberry Pi Foundation website.

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Improved Bluetooth. The Model B+ features the more up-to-date Bluetooth 4.2, compared to 4.0 on the Model B. The chip, which runs at 1.4GHz, throttles down to 1.2GHz if the temperatures exceed 70 degrees Celsius.

Power-over-Ethernet support. Using a separately-acquired PoE HAT accessory, you can now provide power and networking to the Model B+ using a single cable.

PXE boot support. The Model B+ is the first Raspberry Pi to support PXE Ethernet boot, meaning that it can find a boot image over a connected network instead of from local storage.

While offering improved thermal management compared to previous Raspberry Pi incarnations, the board also retains numerous same features and capabilities of previous-generation boards such as its small mechanical footprint of 85 x 56mm, making it suitable for the current official Raspberry Pi case, as well as many other third-party enclosures available on the market today.

Improved heat management. The Model B+ consumes "substantially more power than its predecessor", the Pi Foundation notes, but it includes a variety of improvements aimed at heat dissipation.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will be submitting the application to ICASA and approval is expected around May/June. For makers that is a very positive change as it allowed for the entire device to be certified as a radio module under FCC rules - with a significant reduction in the cost of conformance testing Raspberry Pi-based products as a knock-on effect.

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