Updated Raspberry Pi 3 gets more speed, faster networking

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Add to that support for Power over Ethernet with the addition of a HAT, and for connectivity alone this board is worth the upgrade.

Faster processor. The Model B+ utilizes the same processor as its predecessor, the ARM-based Broadcom Cortex-A53.

The new Raspberry Pi, which launches two years after the original Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, features the same quad-core Broadcom BCM2837 CPU as it's predecessor. 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.

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ has arrived, bringing with it some welcome improvements, such as a faster processor and enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities. It is available immediately.

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is manufactured exclusively in the United Kingdom under licence by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Now, the makers of Raspberry Pi have come up with an updated model addressing the limitations of the previous versions.

Improved Bluetooth. The Model B+ features the more up-to-date Bluetooth 4.2, compared to 4.0 on the Model B. Lab tests show nearly a 25 percent performance improvement for 2.4 GHz bandwidth over the Model B. Bluetooth has also been updated to version 4.2 in place of 4.0.

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Moreover, the wired internet has been revamped, thanks to the Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0 bridge which speeds up the maximum throughput by three times. We're still looking at support for one HDMI connection, four USB 2.0 ports, as well as display and camera ports.

Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading said: "When we launched the Raspberry Pi 3 two years ago, we expected to see an increase in its use as an embedded product, especially in IoT related projects".

So, overall, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is quite similar to its former models and enthusiasts can buy it at the same price of $35 from here.

Although Raspberry Pi Foundation is selling a new device, the company will continue to offer earlier models.

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