Additionally, the Raspberry Pi Foundation confirms that the device's dual-band wireless LAN comes with modular compliance, which should make it less of a hassle for developers to launch products with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ onboard because getting the Wi-Fi certified by regulators will be easier. The Model B+ gets support for dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi thanks to a Cypress CYW43455 chip.
"Raspberry Pi 3B+ delivers somewhat better performance in the 2.4GHz band, and far better performance in the 5GHz band", noted board designer Roger Thornton. PXE network and USB mass-storage booting have also been improved to alleviate some prior frustrations. The Foundation claims the Model B+ is capable of "roughly three times the wired and wireless network throughput" of its predecessor.
Finally, the Model B+ comes with Power over Ethernet (PoE), which hasn't received official support until now.
Talking about the specs, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is powered by a 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core Broadcom Arm Cortex A53-architecture processor. It features a faster CPU, faster Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and more. "I think what we've ended up with is something which is a really good B+, a bit too good for a B+, but that would be not really anywhere near enough for a Raspberry Pi 4".
The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is now available from the Raspberry Pi website for $35.
Elsewhere, the 3B+ features 1 GB of LPDDR2 RAM, 40-pin GPIO expansion header, full-sized HDMI port, four USB 2.0 ports, a CSI camera port ready and waiting for the Pi camera module and a DSI display port for connection to a Pi touchscreen display.
The fun world of microcomputers like the Raspberry Pi that can fit nearly anywhere continues to amaze and impress with how they can be used.
But for techie-tinkerers, it looks like the Raspberry Pi's versatile form-factor isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
"Like the original Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+, this is an attention-to-detail spin of the preceding product, driven by looking at what people have been doing in the wild", said creator Eben Upton. So no matter where you live, chances are you'll be able to get one pretty quickly such is the maturity of the supply chain today.