New Raspberry Pi 3 Board Brings More Power

Raspberry Pi Foundation

On launch, using a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ with the official Raspbian OS offers a noticeably better experience than using a Raspberry Pi 3 on day one, partly as a result of the B+'s extra power, but also due to improvements to the Raspbian OS in the intervening years.

The latest Pi has the same $35 price, 86 x 56 dimensions, 40-pin header, and other features as the previous model, and has an nearly identical layout, thereby ensuring backward compatibility. The earlier version had a 1.2GHz CPU.

The beefier processor benefits from power-related optimizations and a new heat spreader, which allowed for the higher clock speed to be reached.

First of all, the new device has a speedier processor, sporting a 1.4GHz quad-core Broadcom BCM2837B0 processor, compared to the Pi 3's 1.2GHz.

Other connections are unchanged, with Ethernet, four USB 2 ports, a 40-pin GPIO connector, an HDMI video output, camera and touchscreen ports, stereo/composite video, and a microSD slot for its software and operating system. The performance boost comes at a cost though - the Model B+ will draw "substantially" more power from the wall than its predecessor and may run hotter during use. However, the improved power integrity of the Broadcom chip takes care of the throttling. "Like a modern smartphone, we treat the thermal mass of the device as a resource, to be spent carefully with the goal of optimising user experience", the foundation says. It's a good thing though as it will work well with the existing Pi cases and accessories. This model includes several useful improvements over the old Model B, but it keeps the same $35 price point.


The foundation confirmed that the dual-band wireless LAN has FCC certification which will make it easier and cheaper to commercially launch products based on this model.

Raspberry Pi is a fantastic low-priced hardware platform that enables hackers and developers to create IoT solutions.

Meanwhile, Upton also gave some hint of the Raspberry Pi 4.

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The B+ has the same form factor and dimensions as the Pi 2 B and Pi 3 B, making it a drop-in replacement but with a better processor and connectivity.

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