Raspberry Pi 3 B+ has faster CPU, Wi-Fi, and easier compliance testing

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a new version of its modular compute platform: the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

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The B+ has the same form factor and dimensions as the Pi 2 B and Pi 3 B, making it a drop-in replacement but with a better processor and connectivity. Compared to the Pi 3 B, the B+ adds many hundreds of MHz—it runs its quad core 64-bit Cortex-A53 processor at 1.4GHz, up from 1.2GHz—along with dual band 2.4/5GHz 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2, up from 2.4GHz and Bluetooth 4.1.

Other connections are unchanged, with Ethernet, four USB 2 ports, a 40-pin GPIO connector, an HDMI video output, camera and touchscreen ports, stereo/composite video, and a microSD slot for its software and operating system. It uses the same 5V/2.5A power as before and will also support power-over-Ethernet with an accessory (coming soon) sold separately.

The faster processor and better networking don’t change the price: it’s still a $35 piece of hardware.

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Already popular among the maker crowd, the new Pi version should be easier to integrate into products, as it ships with modular compliance certification for the new dual-band Wi-Fi. This certification should reduce the testing time and expense for any products built around the model B+, as they should no longer need to obtain a full Wi-Fi certification. With this certification and 5GHz Wi-Fi, we should expect to see 5GHz becoming more common in Internet-of-Things devices, and for many of us, 2.4GHz networks will increasingly become legacy relics.

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