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RS Components & Raspberry Pi 3 B+

Updated: Mar 29, 2018

RS Components is proud to be an official sponsor of TALE2018, participating as an exhibitor to showcase many great technologies available for engineering and computing education. We offer more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of value-added services to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we trade through multiple channels and ship around 50,000 parcels a day. RS Components can provide to schools and universities a wide and constantly updated offer of the most recent technologies, working closely and supporting them with their projects

One of our best selling products for the education market is the Raspberry Pi. On the 15th of March RS Components commenced selling the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ delivering more processing and faster communications. It is now available to order supplied with the official Raspberry Pi case at https://au.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=raspberrypi

The new Model B+ board is based upon the latest revision of the Broadcom BCM2837 System-on-Chip (SoC) processor running at 1.4GHz, more than 10% faster than the processor on the current Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. The BCM2837 processor is a quad-core device that integrates an ARM A53 processor core cluster running the 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set. Multimedia handling capability of the processor includes support for H.264, MPEG-4 decode (1080p30), H.264 encode (1080p30) and OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0 graphics.


The Model B+ board also offers 1GB of LPDDR2 SDRAM memory and the latest wireless combo chip from Cypress Semiconductor, which provides dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz Wi-Fi according to IEEE802.11ac, as well as the Bluetooth 4.1 specification for BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) communications, delivering significantly reduced wireless compliance testing and thereby improving both cost and time to market.


The board also offers improved communications performance via Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0, delivering a maximum throughput of 300Mbps through the board’s four USB 2.0 ports; as well as retaining the extensive 40-pin GPIO (General Purpose Input Output) header connector. Audio/video connections include HDMI and MIPI DSI/CSI display/camera ports, as well as a four-pole stereo output and composite video port.


While offering improved thermal management compared to previous Raspberry Pi incarnations, the board also retains many of the same features and capabilities of previous-generation boards such as its small mechanical footprint of 85 x 56mm, making it suitable for the current official Raspberry Pi case, as well as many other third-party enclosures available on the market today.


“Once again, Raspberry Pi continues to evolve, boosting its processing and communications performance,” said Lindsley Ruth, Chief Executive Officer at Electrocomponents. “RS is honoured to continue partnering with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to deliver new capabilities for individual users and businesses looking to develop applications for the IoT, as well as other innovative concepts and designs.”


The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is manufactured exclusively in the UK under licence by the distributor. For further resources, please visit RS Components Raspberry Pi.

A series of articles is published on the DesignSpark website, as follows:


Raspberry Pi 3 Model B vs. 3 Model B+

https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/raspberry-pi-3-model-b-vs-3-model-b


Building a Remote SDR with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and SDRplay RSP2

https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/building-a-remote-sdr-with-the-pi-3-model-b-and-sdrplay-rsp2


Building custom remote sensing platforms with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/building-custom-remote-sensing-platforms-with-the-pi-3-model-b

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics & Automation are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2017 had revenues of £1.51bn.


For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-online.com.


Further information is available via these links:

Twitter: @RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS


RS Components on Linkedin http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

Relevant Links:

Electrocomponents plc www.electrocomponents.com


RS Components www.rs-online.com


DesignSpark http://www.designspark.com

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