Following on from the success of the original Raspberry Pi model B single board mini computer, the Raspberry Foundation has this week launches and unveiled their latest creation in the form of the new Raspberry Pi Model B+.
The Raspberry Pi Model B+ builds on the technology used in the original device and is more the final evolution of the original Raspberry Pi mini PC rather than a completely new Raspberry Pi 2 computer.
As with the original mini computer the new Raspberry Pi Model B+ is equipped with the same BCM2835 processor as well as 512MB RAM and is capable of doing everything exactly the same as the original Raspberry Pi model B.
New features of the single board computer 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.
Check out the video below for a full walkthrough of all the new features include in the new Raspberry Pi Model B+ mini PC
“We think you’re going to love Model B+, but to ensure continuity of supply for our industrial customers we’ll be keeping Model B in production for as long as there’s demand for it.
The B+ is available from this morning from many of the regular Raspberry Pi stockists. If you want to go direct to our two main manufacturing partners, you’ll find it at Farnell/element14/Newark here, and at RS/Allied Components here.”
Source: Raspberry Foundation
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