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Raspberry announces the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with same US$35 price as its predecessor

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (Source: Raspberry)
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (Source: Raspberry)
Raspberry have announced the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, an update to the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B that originally released two years ago. The most significant improvements are in networking (wired and wireless) and an increase in SoC clock speed.

The success of the low-cost Raspberry Pi is evident in the 19 million lifetime unit sales, with the Raspberry Pi 3 accounting for nine million of these, despite only being released two years ago. Following earlier trends, this two-year release is an update rather than a full version upgrade, so no version 4 yet.

Key changes include:

  • 1.4 GHz 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 (+200 MHz increase)
  • Dual-band 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 (previously 802.11n 2.4 GHz)
  • Faster Ethernet
  • Power-over-Ethernet (separate PoE HAT)
  • Improved PXE network and booting from USB
  • Improved thermal management

Raspberry claims that the wired and wireless network upgrades result in three-times more throughput than the previous model (up to 102 Mbps on 5 GHz AC and 315 Mbps on ethernet). The various improvements made have increased the power consumption noticeably so those upgrading from an earlier model will want to check that their power supply can sustain 2.5 amps.

Raspberry has managed to maintain their US$35 pricing goal, with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ selling for exactly US$35 (1B+ is US$25, 2B is US$35, and 3B is US$35). The Pi 1A+ is also still available at US$20 with the possibility of a Pi 3A+ to replace it in the future.

Full Specifications:

  • Broadcom BCM2837B0, Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.4GHz
  • 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • 2.4GHz and 5GHz IEEE 802.11.b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2, BLE
  • Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0 (maximum throughput 300 Mbps)
  • Extended 40-pin GPIO header
  • Full-size HDMI
  • 4 USB 2.0 ports
  • CSI camera port for connecting a Raspberry Pi camera
  • DSI display port for connecting a Raspberry Pi touchscreen display
  • 4-pole stereo output and composite video port
  • Micro SD port for loading your operating system and storing data
  • 5V/2.5A DC power input
  • Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) support (requires separate PoE HAT)

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Craig Ward, 2018-03-14 (Update: 2018-03-14)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.