Latest Raspberry Pi 3 computer board now available from RS Components

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When the first Raspberry Pi single-board computer arrived in early 2012, it triggered a revolution in how small and cheap computers could be.

In honor of Pi Day, many stores are offering discounts on Raspberry Pi products, so be sure to look around.

The Model B+ features an ARM Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, an upgrade over the 1.2 GHz Broadcom BCM2837 utilizing the same architecture.

The new Raspberry Pi 3 B+ comes with improvements in speed across the board, as the company promises to deliver "more processing and faster communications". 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.

Improved Bluetooth. The Model B+ features the more up-to-date Bluetooth 4.2, compared to 4.0 on the Model B. I'm especially excited about the Wi-Fi upgrade, because for some reason The Verge offices only have 5 GHz available, so we have to use a rogue 2.4 GHz testing network to work with the Raspberry Pi and many other IoT devices.

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Gigabit Ethernet. The Model B+ supports gigabit (1000 Mbps) Ethernet, though the required USB 2.0 connection limits the speed to about 315 Mbps max.

Below 70°C, we use the improvements to increase the core frequency to 1.4GHz. The B achieves throughput of 95.5Mb/s, but the B+ pushes that up to 315Mb/s.

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is supported, with an add-on planned that will allow the 5V needed to power the Pi to be slurped from the PoE supply. But thanks to new packaging and a new heat spreader, it runs faster, at 1.4 GHz. It throttles down further beyond 80 degrees (an unlikely event), notes PCMag.

Without increasing the price of a Pi, the Foundation has maintained its long tradition of making enthusiasts very, very happy (judging by the excited fangirl and fanboi squeaking on Twitter and Reddit) as well as reassuring industrial clients which prefer stability to shiny that the old models will remain in production.

All of you who are interested in getting your hands on one of these devices can do so on this link.

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