Faster Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Launches

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The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is on sale now, and maintains the same price point at $35 (around £25, AU$45). The Foundation claims the Model B+ is capable of "roughly three times the wired and wireless network throughput" of its predecessor.

As the name suggests, the Pi 3 B+ shares many features with the original Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, launched back in February 2016. But the processor is now a 1.4GHz quad-core, up from 1.2GHz, while the wireless is now dual-band with added support for 5Ghz bands.

Finally: The upgraded Pi also now supports power-over-ethernet (PoE), meaning the device will soon be able to be powered up through its ethernet port, though you'll need to wait for a separate Poe HAT to launch "shortly".

Raspberry has just announced an update to its flagship board, the Raspberry Pi 3. The chip runs at 1.4GHz, which throttles down to 1.2GHz only once temperatures exceed 70 degrees Celsius. The tiny computer is supposed to be faster and better in every way, including upgraded processor speed, wireless internet, and Ethernet connections.

Improved heat management. The Model B+ consumes "substantially more power than its predecessor", the Pi Foundation notes, but it includes a variety of improvements aimed at heat dissipation. Together these allow us to reach higher clock frequencies (or to run at lower voltages to reduce power consumption), and to more accurately monitor and control the temperature of the chip. This may not be necessary anymore with the new model.

To date, over 19 million Raspberry Pi computers have been sold. This ebook explores the board's new features, measures its performance against earlier models, and includes an interview with Pi co-creator Eben Upton, who shares his thoughts on the product's evolution and plans for the future. You can get Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ at its official website.

Which reminds me. I'm past-due for the next installment in my Raspberry Pi/Amiga project.

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