Sunday, 20 July 2014

Raspberry Pi Model B+ Revealed, comes with microSD card and USB 2 ports

This is a great news for the Raspberry Pi fans !!!

The Raspberry Pi Model B+ incorporates a number of enhancements and new features.
Improved power consumptionincreased connectivity and greater IO are among the improvements to this powerful, small and lightweight ARM based computer. 
The new board is priced the same as the model B at $35 in INR INR2,900.00 and is available starting Monday from many resellers. You can also order the new board online via the Raspberry Pi Foundation's two primary manufacturing partners: Element 14 and RS Components.
The new Model B+ is not a Raspberry Pi v2, the Foundation said in a blog post on 14th July 2014. Instead, it's a final revision to the original Raspberry Pi board that includes the same 512MB of RAM and the same Broadcom BCM2835 SoC as the B board.
For new stuff, the Model B+ now comes packed with 40 pins on the GPIO header keeping the same pinout mapping for the first 26 pins as the model B.
Anyone using the Raspberry Pi for a quick media center or playtime PC will welcome the two extra USB 2.0 ports on the B+ bringing the total to four. That's right: This revision eliminates the need for a USB hub just to use a mouse, keyboard, Wi-Fi dongle, and USB thumb drive at the same time.

The B+ also takes microSD cards instead of standard SDs. The new slot also has a push-push feel to it meaning it should behave more like the SD and microSD slots on other devices. That's a welcome change from the tight-fitting standard SD slot on the model B,  which felt more like "jam in your card and hope for the best."
Beyond port changes, the Raspberry Pi Foundation was able to reduce power consumption on the B+, and the audio circuit now has its own "low-noise" power supply. Finally, the model B+ has a new form factor and component layout that includes some fancy rounded corners.
To keep regular B board fans happy, the Raspberry Pi Foundation says Model B will stay in production as long as demand exists for the now older board. It's not clear if the model B will get a reduced price, but taking a quick scan of resellers online it doesn't look like it—at least not yet.
With its improved features, the Pi is now fit to enter into competition with other devices such as the Matrix TBS2910, Banana Pi, Android MK802 mini PC, APC 8750, Beaglebone Black, and SolidRun's Hummingboard. The latter shares the same ARM-based naked board with the Raspberry Pi. With regards to the processor, it has 1GHz ARMv7 while the Raspberry Pi only has 700MHz ARMv6.

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