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Upgraded Raspberry Pi 3 delivers more power and faster networking

Upgraded Raspberry Pi 3 delivers more power and faster networking Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+: A closer look at the newest board
Terence Owen | 14 March, 2018, 16:53

For those interested in using the Raspberry Pi in products that will go up for sale, the entire board is now certified as a radio module by the FCC. It must be noted that the Raspberry Pi 3B+ consumes "substantially more power than its predecessor", and thus a high-quality 2.5A power supply is recommended. However, the little board that started it all just got another update, and it is all about speed.

It is Pi day (assuming you live in a country that insists on writing dates in the frankly barking mad MM/DD format) and after a quiet two years, the Raspberry Pi Foundation have pushed out a new version of the tiny computer.

Now, with the release of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, we're seeing most powerful Pi yet.

It also now offers Bluetooth 4.2 support compared to Bluetooth 4.1, and ethernet networking should be speedier due to the introduction of gigabit ethernet over USB 2.0, though bandwidth is limited to a maximum of 300 Mbps - still, that's three times more than the previous model. In testing-listed at the bottom of the review-the boost to processing power was evident across the board-from better performance in benchmarks to the faster data transfer when copying from USB. Together, it allows the B+ to provide improved 2.4GHz band performance, but also "far better performance" when using the 5GHz band.

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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. However, the improved power integrity of the Broadcom chip takes care of the throttling.

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. As of now, the foundation has revealed no plans to discount or end production of the older models.

All of you who are interested in getting your hands on one of these devices can do so on this link.

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