Raspberry Pi Model B gets more power, faster connectivity

  • Raspberry Pi Model B gets more power, faster connectivity

Raspberry Pi Model B gets more power, faster connectivity

Building upon the phenomenal success of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, which will remain in production, the new board is the latest product in the Raspberry Pi 3 range and targets a very wide range of users including students and enthusiasts, as well as experienced engineers and professionals who are developing innovative Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

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.

That said, the foundation says the Pi 3 Model B+ can sustain high performance for much longer periods than its predecessors. Most notably, the processor is an updated 64-bit Broadcom Cortex-A53 chip running at 1.4GHz. The revised processor carries model number BCM2837B0 and has a metallic heat spreader to improve thermal performance.

Support for dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN has been added to allow connections to 5 GHz networks. As a result, power consumption can be lower on the Model B+ for the same clock frequencies and voltages.

The combined USB hub and 10/100 Ethernet controller offering of old has been replaced with a LAN7515 chip that caters for Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0, and the new board has support for power-over-Ethernet via a four-pin header (with the addition of an upcoming PoE HAT).

For those interested in using the Raspberry Pi in products that will go up for sale, the entire board is now certified as a radio module by the FCC. Earlier version PXE Ethernet boot issues have also been resolved and it's now enabled by default.

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is supported, with an add-on planned that will allow the 5V needed to power the Pi to be slurped from the PoE supply. This significantly reduces the amount of work required to demonstrate compliance with existing regulations.

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is available from today for US$35.

While offering improved thermal management compared to previous Raspberry Pi incarnations, the board also retains numerous same features and capabilities of previous-generation boards such as its small mechanical footprint of 85 x 56mm, making it suitable for the current official Raspberry Pi case, as well as many other third-party enclosures available on the market today.