The Raspberry Pi B+ Adds More Ports And Features, Consumes Less Power

The Raspberry Pi B+ Adds More Ports And Features, Consumes Less Power

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]


  • Awesome to hear they aren’t changing SoC yet. As much as everyone wants a more powerful Pi it just doesn’t make sense. For starters they aren’t a corporation so sales aren’t their focus, so go buy a HummingBoard or BBB if you want power. Second of all if they create a new SoC that isn’t backwards compatible then they are segmenting off the hobbyists and the “children” (people who have a current Pi or couldn’t afford a new powerful Pi)

    Having those two worlds united on one common platform made learning with the Pi insanely easy, I could go on a forum and ask some Linux Guru with 20+ years experience in the computing space not just how but why something was done the way it is.

    That is the goal of the foundation, and they have succeeded with flying, sparkling colours.

  • A little disappointed that it is still sharing ethernet over the USB… but still want one!!

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