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Raspberry Pi B+ adds connectivity, power features

16 Jul 2014

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Element14 announced the availability of the Raspberry Pi B+ board, which marks the first significant change to the multi-million selling credit card-sized computer. Priced at $35, the new board offers more sensors and accessories than before, enabling users to build bigger and better projects.

Advanced power management and enhanced connectivity make it possible to power four USB accessories such as a 2.5in hard drive through the device. Up to 1.2A can be delivered to the USB ports to connect power-hungry devices and accessories without needing mains power or an external USB hub.

Featuring a 40-pin extended GPIO, even more sensors, connectors, and expansion boards can be added to the board, allowing users to increase the complexity of their Raspberry Pi projects. The first 26 pins remain identical to the original Raspberry Pi Model B for 100 per cent backward compatibility.

Raspberry Pi B+

"The new Raspberry Pi B+ marks the first major re-design of what has been one of the stand-out tech products in the last few years," says Claire Doyle, global head of Raspberry Pi at element14, the leading distributor of the credit-card sized computer. "We've already seen the board drive some amazing designs, but the B+ model opens up the opportunity to push the boundaries of complexity and innovation to make even bigger and better projects. It is also the board that can open up a whole new area of learning for young people."

The Raspberry Pi B+ is based on the same Broadcom BCM2835 Chipset and 512MB of RAM as the previous model. It is powered by micro USB with AV connections through either HDMI or a new four-pole connector replacing the existing analogue audio and composite video ports. The SD card slot has been replaced with a micro-SD, tidying up the board design and helping to protect the card from damage. The B+ board also now uses less power (600mA) than the Model B board (750mA) when running.

Since its launch in February 2012, more than three million Raspberry Pi boards have been sold, and the element14 Community has become one of the leading websites for discussion and collaboration around Raspberry Pi projects and developments.




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