Upgraded Raspberry Pi 3 delivers more power and faster networking

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While the Raspberry Pi's birthday (and the traditional release date for the newest and best Pi) was a few weeks ago, Pi Day is a fitting enough date for the introduction of the best Pi to date.

For instance, the brand new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ might have a confusing name, but it's a clear upgrade over 2016's Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

There has been 19 million Raspberry Pis computers sold in total, and they can be found in schools, homes, offices and factories all over the globe. But the first Pi to rock integrated wireless connectivity is now a little over 2 years old. It's powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor which runs at 1.4GHz (compared to 1.2GHz for the Raspberry Pi 3's CPU). It's time for an update then, in the shape of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

Wireless networking has been given a boost too, thanks to an integrated Cypress CYW43455 combination chip that rocks both 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2, routed to a Proant PCB antenna like the one used on the Zero W, for improved wireless performance, particularly in the 5 GHz band.

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The beefier processor benefits from power-related optimizations and a new heat spreader, which allowed for the higher clock speed to be reached. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will be submitting the application to ICASA and approval is expected around May/June.

Finally, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ now supports Power over Ethernet (PoE), with a PoE HAT capable of providing the necessary 5V of power set to arrive in the near future.

"The new board has faster processing, faster-wired networking and improved wireless connectivity; and with modular compliance certification and the same extraordinary support provided through communities and forums, users can learn, create and bring products to market faster than ever before". The operating system and storage needs are taken care of by a microSD card pushed into the integrated slot. The latest Model B+ may be purchased from the Raspberry Pi Foundation for $35.