Raspberry Pi updated Model B+ adds new features

July 14, 2014 OpenSystems Media

After two years with the Raspberry Pi Model B, the Raspberry Pi Foundation released the Rasbperry Pi Model B+ to incorporate requested improvements from the community.

The new Model B+ still has the BCM2835 processor, the same software, and 512 MB RAM as the Model B, but includes:

  • Power consumption reduced by 0.5 W to 1 W
  • 40 pins in the GPIO header, up from 26 pins
  • 4 USB 2.0 ports, double that of the Model B, along with better hotplug and overcurrent behavior
  • A push-push micro SD socket socket replaces the friction-fit socket
  • Better audio, and a more streamlined form factor – USB connectors are now aligned with tbe board edge, composite video is now on the 3.5 mm jack, and four mounting holes have been added

The Model B+ is now available at Raspberry Pi distributors, and the Model B will still be in production as long as the Raspberry Pi Foundation sees continued demand. So far the community is reacting positively to the upgrades.

Check out the Raspberry Pi blog for videos, diagrams, and more information about the Model B+.

Rasperry Pi Model B+ image from http://www.raspberrypi.org

Monique DeVoe, Managing Editor
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