Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Brand new Raspberry Pi 3 model arrives on Pi Day

Brand new Raspberry Pi 3 model arrives on Pi Day

And similar to the Pi 3 Model B, it costs $35 - while the previous model is now on sale for $5 less through some outlets.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has added a new device to its growing suite of microcomputers today with the launch of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

Hz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU. The chip runs at 1.4GHz, which throttles down to 1.2GHz only once temperatures exceed 70 degrees Celsius.

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.

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.

Lab tests show nearly a 25 percent performance improvement for 2.4 GHz bandwidth over the Model B. Bluetooth has also been updated to version 4.2 in place of 4.0. This is more aimed at embedded solutions than for home/enthusiast use from what I can tell. The Foundation says that the addition of a heat spreader and power integrity tweaks allows for a 200 MHz increase in clock frequency, while also catering for improved accuracy in temperature monitoring and control.

In honor of Pi Day, many stores are offering discounts on Raspberry Pi products, so be sure to look around. The new model is available to buy starting from today and is likely to be in high demand, so snap up yours while you can.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

Originally launched out of a desire to teach children how to code, the Raspberry Pi has found more of a home as a hobbyist device, where people have used it to make everything from Kodi media centres to retro gaming consoles.

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.

Which reminds me. I'm past-due for the next installment in my Raspberry Pi/Amiga project.

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