The RasPi Pipeline Delivers Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+
Did you get anything special for Pi Day this year, besides the obligatory pie? If March 14 came and went without presents, do you know that once again on March 14, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced a new mini PC for Pi Day? As the next evolutionary step in the RasPi pipeline, Raspberry Pi Founder and CEO Eben Upton posted that the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is now available. Go ahead and treat yourself—it’s only $35.
The no-frills computer is still affordable and remains about the same size as a deck of cards. However, the latest version comes with a faster processor and better thermal performance, along with connectivity updates such as 5GHz and 2.4GHZ Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and Bluetooth LE. There’s a 200MHz increase in peak CPU clock frequency and three times the wired and wireless network throughput, with the ability to sustain high performance for longer periods.
A 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
Dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2
3x faster Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0)
Power-over-Ethernet support (with separate PoE HAT)
Improved PXE network and USB mass-storage booting
Price: now available for purchase for $35 (the same price as the existing Raspberry Pi 3 Model B) from Raspberry Pi’s official retail partners via its website
Here’s the video introduction with CEO Eben Upton and Principal Hardware Engineer Roger Thornton discussing the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation was established in 2008 as a UK-based charity. The vision is of an inexpensive, no-frills mini PC that would serve as a catalyst: teaching and promoting computer science by making computing and digital making readily accessible to children and adults through low-cost, high-performance single board computers and free software.
Good to know: Earlier Raspberry Pi models (Raspberry Pi 1B+, Raspberry Pi 2B, and Raspberry Pi 3B) will not be discontinued.