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Raspberry Pi is a fantastic low-priced hardware platform that enables hackers and developers to create IoT solutions.

Now, a new revision named Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is right on schedule for Pi Day. For Ethernet the upgraded LAN7515 chip is used to deliver Gigabit Ethernet support.

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.

While it's been significantly improved compared to its predecessor that was launched some two years ago, the Pi 3 Model B+ is an exact copy of the Pi 3 Model B and the Pi 2. The B+ takes the 2016 Pi 3 Model B and ups the processing power and Wi-Fi speeds, alongside some other minor tweaks-all of which are outlined in detail below.

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The board also incorporates power integrity optimisations, a heat spreader, and dual-band wireless LAN and Bluetooth.

Elsewhere there are improvements to power management and thermals for better sustained performance levels.

By way of a quick recap, the Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized contraption that serves as a building block for functional computers - users can construct fully working PCs or machines that control their connected home, for example. The chip, which runs at 1.4GHz, throttles down to 1.2GHz if the temperatures exceed 70 degrees Celsius. According to Raspberry Pi, it's sold more than 9 million Raspberry Pi 3 units and a total of 19 million Raspberry Pis in total. There are no plans to discount older models or cease production until there's a clear sign demand is drying up.

Although Raspberry Pi Foundation is selling a new device, the company will continue to offer earlier models. Another bonus is the board's co-creator Eben Upton says that the processor should be less likely to throttle its performance under heavy load-thanks to a heatspreader on top of the CPU.

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