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Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ arrives just in time for Pi Day

By Greg S · 9 replies
Mar 14, 2018
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  1. To date, over 19 million Raspberry Pi computers have been sold. Out of which, the Raspberry Pi 3 accounts for over 9 million units. Now, a new revision named Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is right on schedule for Pi Day. A faster processor and better connectivity options are available on the new model.

    The Model B+ features an ARM Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, an upgrade over the 1.2 GHz Broadcom BCM2837 utilizing the same architecture. The revised processor carries model number BCM2837B0 and has a metallic heat spreader to improve thermal performance. As a result, power consumption can be lower on the Model B+ for the same clock frequencies and voltages.

    Perhaps the largest improvement is in the area of connectivity. Support for dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN has been added to allow connections to 5 GHz networks. Lab tests show almost 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.

    Local area connection speed also gets a proper bump to gigabit. Streaming and file transfer over ethernet will be a significant improvement over the previous 10/100 Mbps support. Power-over-Ethernet is now officially supported with a separate add-on. PXE network and USB mass-storage booting have also been improved to alleviate some prior frustrations.

    For those interested in using the Raspberry Pi in products that will go up for sale, the entire board is now certified as a radio module by the FCC. This significantly reduces the amount of work required to demonstrate compliance with existing regulations.

    In honor of Pi Day, many stores are offering discounts on Raspberry Pi products, so be sure to look around. The latest Model B+ may be purchased from the Raspberry Pi Foundation for $35.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,537   +3,128

    OMG, they finally got 1Gbit Ethernet, the reason I couldn't seriously consider it before.

    When you have to move a PostgreSQL database regularly over 100Mbit, it is a pain.
     
  3. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 884   +382

    Right, so strange to not have gigabit, that's been the standard for over a decade now.
     
  4. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 336   +228


    "Faster Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0)"

    Boooo
     
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,537   +3,128

    One of the central ideas around Raspberry is to be used as a remote stand-alone networked module. And that's how I need it, remote on a long network cable, outside the house. What good is USB 2.0 there? I need to sync its database on auto 10 times a day, am I gonna run outside with a flesh drive for that?

    Boooo!
     
  6. andrewdoyle88

    andrewdoyle88 TS Addict Posts: 137   +125

    I'm always excited to see another Raspberry Pi release, thinking of all the projects I could use it for. Then I remember I don't know how to code and the dream disappears.
     
  7. sac39507

    sac39507 TS Addict Posts: 254   +99

    I'm thinking about a dedicated torrent downloader or NAS unit running solely on Solar. Any thoughts?
     
  8. Bao Nguyen

    Bao Nguyen TS Booster Posts: 73   +43

    May be he meant using the USB to Gigabit Ethernet dongle perhaps?
     
  9. Raytrace3D

    Raytrace3D TS Addict Posts: 118   +118

    Yeah, I read about that too and was wondering. Maybe the Ethernet is actually Ethernet over USB 2.0 interface (but seems less than the 480Mb/s max, listed as something like 300Mb/s or something). Still, 3X faster than before though.

    I'm most looking forward to the 4-pin dedicated PoE support through a HAT. That will make stowing this sucker in a tight spot easier without having to tow power along too.
     
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  10. mrdalesen

    mrdalesen TS Rookie

    There are some easy uses where you dont have to code;
    Kodi - can stream music, movies, show photos in your livingroom.
    Emulators - can play classic games on the Pi, supports many systems, all you need is controllers.

    Did both with my raspberry pi 2 model B. The processor was a bit on the low end though, so it started to struggle after a little use.

    I definitely recommend trying one;)
     
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