We geeky Framework Training bods are big fans of the Raspberry Pi. The diminuitive but versatile UK-grown barebones computer has taken the world by storm and spawned many awesome projects, from micro breweries to musical instruments.
More importantly it has given individuals and educational establishments a cheap but powerful platform upon which to learn to program code. The General-purpose input/output (GPIO) pins are a great way to get people interested in electrical engineering too.
In response to community feedback, Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Eben Upton has just announced the latest update to the Pi in the form of the Raspberry Pi B Plus
As Eben puts it, the new changes aren’t ground-breaking – it’s the same processor and RAM onboard, but the form-factor and onboard tech has had a number of subtle but useful improvements:
- More GPIO. The GPIO header has grown to 40 pins, while retaining the same pinout for the first 26 pins as the Model B.
- More USB. There are now 4 USB 2.0 ports, compared to 2 on the Model B, and better hotplug and overcurrent behaviour.
- Micro SD. The old friction-fit SD card socket has been replaced with a much nicer MicroSD slot.
- Lower power consumption. They’ve reduced power consumption by between 0.5W and 1W.
- Better audio. The audio circuit incorporates a dedicated low-noise power supply.
- Neater form factor. The USB connectors line up with the board edge now, and the composite video shares the 3.5mm jack
- Added 4 Mounting Holes – Giggity!
So in short, it’s like a Raspberry Pi…only better.