Raspberry Pi has announced a new model of their low-cost computing devices. Conveniently called the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, it is the successor to the obviously named Raspberry Pi 3 Model B launched over two years ago.
The new Model B+ has a slightly faster 1.4GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 64-bit Broadcom BCM2873B0 processor that now also features better thermal management to run at sustained speeds for longer without throttling considerably.
The main improvements are to networking. The B+ has dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which should make it ideal for use on newer 5GHz networks, as well as Bluetooth 4.2. The entire board is now certified as a radio module under FCC rules, which will reduce the cost of conformance testing Raspberry Pi-based products. Gigabit Ethernet is also supported over the USB 2.0 connection and although you won’t see the full 1Gbps speed due to USB 2.0 limitations it’s still 3x faster than the previous Model B. Power-over-Ethernet support has also been added with separate PoE HAT, improved PXE network and USB mass storage booting.
The board design is similar to previous models, which means it should be compatible with existing case designs.
The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is now available from the Raspberry Pi website for $35. All the older models will also continue to be on sale.