At the beginning of this week the Raspberry Pi foundation launched a new addition to their range of mini PCs with the launch of the Raspberry Pi Model B+ which brings with it a number of new refinements building on the technology that was implemented in the original Raspberry Pi Model B launched back in 2011.
Eben Upton founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and creator of the iconic Raspberry Pi mini PC has this week released an interview explaining what you can expect from the new hardware as far as enhancements and changes.
Once good thing for developers and makers is that the price of the new hardware will remain the same at $35. Check out the video below for a run through of the new Raspberry Pi Model B+ features for the creator.
The Raspberry Pi Model B+ is equipped with the same BCM2835 processor as well as 512MB RAM and includes 4 x USB 2.0 ports and the GPIO header has grown to 40 pins, while retaining the same pinout for the first 26 pins as the Model B. Features include :
– More GPIO. The GPIO header has grown to 40 pins, while retaining the same pinout for the first 26 pins as the Model B.
– More USB. We now have 4 USB 2.0 ports, compared to 2 on the Model B, and better hotplug and overcurrent behaviour.
– Micro SD. The old friction-fit SD card socket has been replaced with a much nicer push-push micro SD version.
– Lower power consumption. By replacing linear regulators with switching ones we’ve reduced power consumption by between 0.5W and 1W.
– Better audio. The audio circuit incorporates a dedicated low-noise power supply.
– Neater form factor. We’ve aligned the USB connectors with the board edge, moved composite video onto the 3.5mm jack, and added four squarely-placed mounting holes.
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