Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Latest Raspberry Pi 3 computer board now available from RS Components

Latest Raspberry Pi 3 computer board now available from RS Components

We're not quite ready for a Raspberry Pi 4 generation, but this year's Pi Day brings us a new version of the popular Pi 3, the "Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+".

While it's been significantly improved compared to its predecessor that was launched some two years ago, the Pi 3 Model B+ is an exact copy of the Pi 3 Model B and the Pi 2.

For Pi users working with a wired Ethernet connection, this model comes with Power-over-Ethernet which hasn't been supported until now.

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Otherwise, the new Pi board is identical to the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Raspberry Pi 2, featuring four USB 2.0 ports, a 40-pin GPIO header, one full-size HDMI port, display and camera ports, and four-pole stereo output and composite video ports. According to the foundation, the dual-band wireless LAN is backed by modular compliance certification.

Connectivity has also been improved, as the B+ comes with a dual-band 2.4Ghz and 5GHz wireless connectivity, as well as gigabit ethernet over USB 2.0, supporting up to 300Mbps, along with Bluetooth 4.2 and Bluetooth Low Energy Support. The upgraded chip supports Gigabit Ethernet, resulting in performance improvement. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will be submitting the application to ICASA and approval is expected around May/June. But thanks to new packaging and a new heat spreader, it runs faster, at 1.4 GHz. "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.

The Pi Foundation will continue to sell the previous Pi 3 model, the Model B, for $35 as well because certain industrial customers still require it. It's a good thing though as it will work well with the existing Pi cases and accessories. For makers that is a very positive change as it allowed for the entire device to be certified as a radio module under FCC rules - with a significant reduction in the cost of conformance testing Raspberry Pi-based products as a knock-on effect.

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