Raspberry Pi B+ microcomputer now available w/ several enhancements, same $35 price tag

raspberry-pi-B+-computerFor those unfamiliar, the Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer that can mimic the abilities of a typical desktop setup, but is extremely affordable and is designed to foster home-brew projects.

Dubbed the “final evolution of the original Raspberry Pi,” the new B+ model of this microcomputer is now available for $35 with several refinements over previous iterations. It still packs 512MB of RAM and supports the same software, but it also includes several refinements that should help to improve its usability:

  • 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.

Head over to the Raspberry Pi website to learn more about the history of this fascinating gadget and explore creative ways in which it’s being used across the globe.

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