Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Launched (but not in SA) by PiHost Support on 2018-03-14

While the rest of the world is celebrating international Pi day (celebrated on March 14th, written 3/14 in american style) with the launch of the newest addition to the iconic Raspberry Pi brand, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, we in South Africa are left feeling a little frustrated this morning.

While officially part of the international launch PiShop, is unable to supply the new unit at this time due to an outstanding ICASA certification that effectively makes trading the new product illegal within South Africa, that unfortunately also means that South African Customs have the right to confiscate these devices either entering or exiting through our airports and ports, you’ll remember back in March ’17  we had a similar delay when launching the Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless.

At this point PiShop (Approved Reseller), RS-Components (Distributor) and Farnell Element 14 (Distributor) are all affected by the lack of certification and collectively caution all makers, hackers, consumers and general Pi enthusiasts to avoid buying the devices from any unauthorized suppliers until the certification is awarded, also be on the lookout for “knock-off” devices that masquerade as the RPI.
For more info or to report these suppliers/knock-off devices please reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll be sure to get you in touch with the right people at the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Keep checking back with PiShop (add the item to your wishlist to be notified when it arrives) as we’ll be the first to have the new board available just as soon as the ICASA certification is approved (we’re just hoping its quicker than the 7 weeks we waited for the Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless certification) and as you’ve come to expect, you’ll always get it cheapest right here: Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

The ICASA certification, while frustrating for all of us that are soooo eager to get our hands on this new little device, is also quite exciting as it has to do with the new WiFi chip on the board which for the first time introduces the more modern 5GHz network band to the RPI range.

From the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Official Press Release:

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is the latest product in the Raspberry Pi 3 range, boasting a 64-bit quad core processor running at 1.4GHz, dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2/BLE, faster Ethernet, and PoE capability via a separate PoE HAT.

The dual-band wireless LAN comes with modular compliance certification, allowing the board to be designed into end products with significantly reduced wireless LAN compliance testing, improving both cost and time to market. The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ maintains the same mechanical footprint as both the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ specs

  • Broadcom BCM2837B0, Cortex-A53
  • 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 300Mbps)
  • 4 × USB 2.0 ports
  • Extended 40-pin GPIO header
  • 1 × full size HDMI
  • MIPI DSI display port
  • MIPI CSI camera port
  • 4 pole stereo output and composite video port
  • H.264, MPEG-4 decode (1080p30); H.264 encode (1080p30); OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0 graphics
  • Micro SD format for loading operating system and data storage
  • 5V/2.5A DC via micro USB connector
  • 5V DC via GPIO header
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)–enabled (requires separate PoE HAT)
  • Operating temperature, 0–50°C

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ will remain in production
until at least January 2023.

We wish we could give you the B+ today, but instead, head out to your local bakery and grab the next best thing!