Meet Raspberry Pi Model B+, final evolution of original Raspberry Pi
Micro-computer organisation Raspberry Pi Foundation has released an evolved variant of its original credit card-sized computer, called Raspberry Pi Model B+. The Raspberry Pi Model B+ comes with the same price tag of $35 that made its predecessor popular in the computing world.
The Model B+, being as an evolution to the original Raspberry Pi, is powered by the same Broadcom BCM2835 processor along with 512MB of RAM and runs on same software as the Model B but the organisation claims that there are few improvements to give better usability.
In terms of improvements, the new board has 40 pins on the General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) header, 4 USB 2.0 ports, hot-swappable microSD card slot and a dedicated low-noise power supply on the audio circuit. Additionally, the computer now comes with reduced power consumption by between 0.5W and 1W and features a neater form factor with USB connectors on the board edge, composite video onto the 3.5mm jack and four squarely-placed mounting holes.
The organisation confirms that it will keep producing the Model B, alongside the Model B+, for as long as there’s demand for it.
The Model B+ will be available through many of the regular Raspberry Pi stockists as well as from its two main manufacturing partners element14 and RS/Allied Components.
UK-based Raspberry Pi Foundation develops the Raspberry Pi as a single-board computer with an intention to promote basic computer science in schools. In November, the organisation had announced that it sold over two million Raspberry Pi across the globe.
As the demand of the micro-computer flows, some other brands also emerged in the micro-computer sector in the recent past. Among such brands, SolidRun recently announced its HummingBoard micro-computer with a more powerful 1GHz processor than the Raspberry Pi.