Thursday, March 15, 2018

What Did You Do on Pi Day

Introducing Pi 3B+

Raspberry Pi 3 B+ 

Subtitle:  Yes, that was Wednesday 03.14  March 14 2018

Wow and just wow!  A new slightly improved Raspberry Pi computer was announced for sale on Wednesday March 14 2018.

It is formally known and the Pi 3 B+, it replaces the Pi 3B  (i.e. without the +)

From the official product page

  • Broadcom BCM2837B0, Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.4GHz
  • 2.4GHz and 5GHz IEEE 802.11.b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2, BLE
  • Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0 (maximum throughput 300 Mbps)
  • Extended 40-pin GPIO header
  • Full-size HDMI
  • 4 USB 2.0 ports
  • CSI camera port for connecting a Raspberry Pi camera
  • DSI display port for connecting a Raspberry Pi touchscreen display
  • 4-pole stereo output and composite video port
  • Micro SD port for loading your operating system and storing data
  • 5V/2.5A DC power input
  • Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) support (requires separate PoE HAT)


The new model is still lacking some very much asked for features, including

- More RAM memory
- A much faster CPU
- Proper Gigabit Ethernet  (not capped to 30 MB/sec)
- USB 3 ports

Still the B+ does advance the technology for those of us looking for something more capable than the 3B, notably

- 5Ghz Wireless including AC standard
- 30MB/s Ethernet vs previous 10MB/sec
- POE support (though may not be that useful to many)
- Marginally faster CPU

I am sure YouTube is likely to be absolutely jammed packed with exhaustive reviews soon.   But since the device still costs about 32 GBP  in the UK, the same price as the old one, call Marcus reckless, and extravagant but ...

You can order yours here

After watching this glitzy launch video, can you resist?