baggertje99
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Pi 3b has Pi 3b+ Broadcom wifi/bt chip?

Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:15 pm

Dear Community,

I'm supposed to have recently bought a Raspberry Pi 3B (not plus),
but it has the broadcom BC2837B0 chip on it, which is supposed to be the Raspberry PI 3B+'s wifi/bt chip.

Further layout of the board is identical to the Pi 3B (not plus), also, it says 'made in RPC' (China),
and not the UK like my previous (Pi 1B).

So do any of you know what I just bought?

P.S. The board works just fine for what I can tell, I'm not very familiar to Linux, and I haven't run any tests on it for that matter.

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Re: Pi 3b has Pi 3b+ Broadcom wifi/bt chip?

Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:18 pm


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Re: Pi 3b has Pi 3b+ Broadcom wifi/bt chip?

Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:28 pm

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Re: Pi 3b has Pi 3b+ Broadcom wifi/bt chip?

Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:32 pm

As DirkS said, that's the SoC (System on Chip), or the main processing chip on the Pi computers (CPU and GPU, and some other things, but not wireless). Since manufacturing multiple chips costs more, RPT has been using the B0 chips on the 3B in recent production (haven't seen them on the 2Bv1.2 yet, but I wouldn't be surprised).

It's still clocked at 1.2GHz on the 3B (but likely can be overclocked, and it has the improved boot-loader). It's a non-issue for most people. The only potential problem would be for cases which act as heatsinks that make contact with the SoC, which is taller on the B0 stepping (Flirc Gen2 cases come with a thinner thermal pad for the 3B+/B0 SoC).
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baggertje99
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Re: Pi 3b has Pi 3b+ Broadcom wifi/bt chip?

Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:44 am

I was confused because I thought Broadcom only made wifi and bluetooth chips.

Thank you for all your replies.

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Re: Pi 3b has Pi 3b+ Broadcom wifi/bt chip?

Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:13 am

baggertje99 wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:44 am
I was confused because I thought Broadcom only made wifi and bluetooth chips.

Thank you for all your replies.

Broadcom which was bought by Avago Technologies are responsible for the Videcore VPU and the ARM CPU

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VideoCore


Broadcom WiFi / Bluetooth is now Cypress:

https://www.cypress.com/news/cypress-ac ... business-0


Regards what model / revision of Raspberry Pi SBC, see:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentati ... /README.md
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Re: Pi 3b has Pi 3b+ Broadcom wifi/bt chip?

Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:11 pm

baggertje99 wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:15 pm
it says 'made in RPC' (China),
and not the UK
The Pi is made in two locations (three of you count the special case of Brazil, I believe)
The UK, and communist China, otherwise known as the People's Republic of China, PRC for short.

It isn't anything to worry about, it's not a fake.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation have made efforts to ensure more Pi are made in the UK as time goes on, though.
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-24435809
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trejan
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Re: Pi 3b has Pi 3b+ Broadcom wifi/bt chip?

Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:27 pm

You can see the manufacturer list at https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentati ... /README.md

The Egoman, Embest, Qisda and Stadium factories are in China.

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Re: Pi 3b has Pi 3b+ Broadcom wifi/bt chip?

Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:47 pm

Imperf3kt wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:11 pm
baggertje99 wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:15 pm
it says 'made in RPC' (China),
and not the UK
The Pi is made in two locations (three of you count the special case of Brazil, I believe)
The UK, and communist China, otherwise known as the People's Republic of China, PRC for short.
They are, so far as I know, also made in Japan for that local market. I recall an article about Sony replicating the Pencoed line in a similar plant in Japan.

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