Two years on from the release of the Raspberry Pi Model B, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has today officially announced the launch of the Raspberry Pi Model B+ – an upgraded version of the hugely popular single-board computer that’s being described by its creators as the “final evolution” of the original design.
So, what are the main differences between the new Raspberry Pi Model B+ and its predecessor? To start with, the Model B+ boasts four USB 2.0 ports, while the Model B only has two. The GPIO header has been increased from 26 pins to 40 pins, and the SD card socket has been replaced with a Micro SD version.
The new hardware also features a dedicated low-noise power supply for better audio, the power consumption has been reduced by between 0.5W and 1W, and the board has a neater form factor. This has partly been achieved by aligning the USB ports with the edge of the board, and by moving composite video onto the 3.5mm jack. The Broadcom BCM2835 processor remains unchanged, as does the amount of RAM – 512MB.
For those concerned that the new design won’t be compatible with their existing creations, Raspberry Pi Founder and CEO Eben Upton says the older model will continue to be produced for as long as there’s demand for it.
The Raspberry Pi Model B+ is available from select retailers starting from today, and is priced at $35 – which is exactly the same price as the older Model B.
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[Source: Raspberry Pi Foundation]