Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+: A closer look at the newest board

Mindy Sparks
March 14, 2018

While the Raspberry Pi's birthday (and the traditional release date for the newest and best Pi) was a few weeks ago, Pi Day is a fitting enough date for the introduction of the best Pi to date.

As the name suggests, the Pi 3 B+ shares many features with the original Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, launched back in February 2016. It has come a long way since its launch way back in 2012 - the organization now sells seven versions of the device, and it merged with coding club network CoderDojo past year. Raspberry Pi Founder Eben Upton in a blog post announced the launch, also noting that 19 million Raspberry Pis until now.

"The new product is built around BCM2837B0, an updated version of the 64-bit Broadcom application processor used in Raspberry Pi 3B", it said.

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is supported, with an add-on planned that will allow the 5V needed to power the Pi to be slurped from the PoE supply.

For projects requiring faster networking speeds, the Model B+ delivers dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless connectivity and gigabit ethernet over USB 2.0, which supports up to 300Mbps (three times the speed of previous boards).

Raspberry Pi Foundation says the dual-band wireless LAN comes with FCC certification making it easier and cheaper to commercially launch products based on the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

Finally: The upgraded Pi also now supports power-over-ethernet (PoE), meaning the device will soon be able to be powered up through its ethernet port, though you'll need to wait for a separate Poe HAT to launch "shortly".

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