We love the Raspberry Pi, and it gets even better today with the unveiling of the Raspberry Pi Model B+. The B+ packs four USB ports, a microSD slot, improved audio output, lower power consumption and more, all for the same price as the Model B.
Here's the spec breakdown from the official site:
The Model B+ uses the same BCM2835 application processor as the Model B. It runs the same software, and still has 512MB RAM; but James and the team have made the following key improvements:
- 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.
The Model B+ is available to purchase now (link below). While you'll probably need a new case for it (we're sure there will be new ones on the market any moment now), most of your favourite accessories should still work with it. Hit the link below to learn more.
New product launch! Introducing Raspberry Pi Model B+ [Raspberry Pi]