Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ arrives with faster CPU and 5GHz WiFi

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Power-over-Ethernet is now officially supported with a separate add-on. The first example was Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+, which added two additional USB ports, introduced our current form factor, and rolled up a variety of other feedback from the community. It is not gigabit, but it should peak at 37.5MB/s so is more than enough to handle any 1080P file, and quite possibly the CPU should handle 4K media playback.

The new Model B+ board is based upon the latest revision of the Broadcom BCM2837 System-on-Chip (SoC) processor running at 1.4GHz, more than 10% faster than the processor on the current Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. The BCM2837 processor is a quad-core device that integrates an ARM A53 processor core cluster running the 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set. The new processor is not only faster, but also comes with a heat spreader and power integrity optimizations to better manage the temperature.

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is on sale now, and maintains the same price point at $35 (around £25, AU$45). It is available immediately.

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.

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Elsewhere there are improvements to power management and thermals for better sustained performance levels.

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, thanks to its new Cyprus chip, supports dual-band wireless local-area networks (LAN) at 2.4GHz and 5GHz, gigabit ethernet over USB 2.0 which supports speeds up to 300Mbps, and Bluetooth 4.2 and Bluetooth Low Enegery. The new variant comes two years after the Pi 3 Model B, following the foundation's two-year B+ "evolution" upgrade. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will be submitting the application to ICASA and approval is expected around May/June.

According to Eben Upton, co-creator of the popular developer board, they will continue to build the earlier models as long as there is demand. The Pi Foundation says it may upgrade the Raspberry Pi 1A+, presumably to a model B, sometime soon as well.

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