Although there have been many statements made by the visible head of the Raspberry Pi Foundation in which, by active and passive, we had been told that they were not working on a new model, finally the rumors have come true and today we can talk about the baptized as Raspberry Pi 3 Model B +, which comes to the market with the mission of being the replacement for the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, a board that, as you will remember, was launched about a year ago.
After so many years I have to admit that in each Raspberry Pi iteration It is renewed just with what all makers demand who work with her day after day. The negative side of all this, at least personally I think so, I find it in the name chosen for each model, which is usually quite confusing, especially if you are starting, but which determines in a very simple way if we are facing a completely new board or if it is just an evolution.
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Raspberry Pi 3 Model B + will offer more speed and dual-band WiFi
Going into a little more detail, as expressed in the press release announcing the arrival on the market of this new plate, first of all we are told about the capabilities in terms of power processing data, we are literally talking about a plate which is now a 16% faster. Second, there is also an appearance great improvement in connectivity (WiFi and Ethernet). Best of all, despite the improvements, the board still has a official selling price of $ 35.
This increase in the general performance of the new Raspberry board has been achieved thanks, among other things, to the increase in the frequency of its CPU, specifically it has gone from the 1,2 GHz of the model B to the 1,4 GHz of this new version. In turn, it improves your thermal management although, unfortunately, the RAM will continue to have the same capacity, 1 GB.
Another of the great structural novelties present in the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B + is found in the connectivity section, even where a Dual band WiFi, ideal especially for those users who decide to dispense with the already saturated 2,4 Ghz band or want to start performing performance and connectivity tests in the 5 Ghz band. On the other hand, highlight that Ethernet connectivity bandwidth has literally tripled since from the 100 Mbits / s of the previous generation it has gone to 300 Mbits / s.
Nothing changes in terms of connections or size between the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B + and the previous model
These seem to be all the novelties that this new device can present since, as for the rest of the input and output connections, everything remains as is, that is, the same ports are maintained as until now in the same size. In this section, perhaps the only news we have may be that the controller Bluetooth board has been updated to go from version 4.1 to 4.2.
Personally, I have to confess that the fact that apparently nothing has changed compared to the previous model seems like a success to me, since, in this way, we can buy it and keep using it in the same projects that we already have assembled while, perhaps the most interesting part, we can continue to use all those peripherals already acquired and even the housings that we already had from the previous version.
If you are interested in getting one of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B + tell you that they are already available on the market. If we go directly to the official website of the Raspberry Foundation, as usual, they direct us to several stores where they have enough stock and sell them to a price around 40 euros. To be able to find this new version of the multipurpose plate in other stores such as Amazon, we will still have to wait a few more days.