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    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Launched with a Faster Processor, 802.11ac WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, and Optional PoE

    The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just introduced a updated version of their popular Raspberry Pi 3 Model B board with a Model B+ that increases the processor clocked up to 1.4 GHz, adds dual-band 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.2, Gigabit Ethernet (via USB 2.0 to Ethernet bridge), as well as support for PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) via an external HAT add-on board.

    Raspberry Pi 3B+ specifications:

    • SoC – Broadcom BCM2837B0 64-bit ARMv8 quad core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.4GHz with dual core VideoCore IV GPU
    • System Memory – 1GB LPDDR2
    • Storage – micro SD slot
    • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4 and 4-pole stereo audio and composite video port
    • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (via Microchip LAN7515USB 2.0 to GbE bridge), maximum throughput 300 Mbps), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.2 LE (via Cypress CYW43455 based module)
    • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB port for power
    • Expansion
      • 40-pin GPIO header
      • MIPI DSI for Raspberry Pi touch screen display
      • MIPI CSI for Raspberry Pi camera
    • Power Supply
      • 5V up to 2.4A via micro USB port
      • PoE via HAT board
    • Dimensions – 85 x 56 x 17 mm

    The new Raspberry Pi board is said to improve PXE network and USB mass-storage booting, as well as thermal management thanks to a heat spreader placed on top of BCM2837B0 SoC.


    Optional (and upcoming) PoE HAT

    Since they’ve only done a few tweaks, software support will remain the same with NOOBS, Raspbian, and the many other available distributions.

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