The Raspberry Pi microcomputer is updated with a new model

This edition, known as Model B+, has four USB ports and a lower power consumption.

Developed to be a platform to promote computing among young Britons, Raspberry Pi microcomputer managed to transcend borders and became the preferred device of the hobbyists and enthusiasts to technology. Without the power of a mobile phone or personal computer, these small plates offer the flexibility to change it can be used in various projects and initiatives, from creating a media center to take panoramic images of the Earth with a balloon.

Raspberry Pi Model B+

The model Raspberry Pi Model B, launched two years ago, is one of the most prominent versions of this line of microcomputers (accumulates sold 3 million units), and its creators have announced an updated model, which will be known as Raspberry Pi Model B+.

“It’s an evolution of the original model, which will keep the same price, set at $35”, said Eben Upton, one of the creators of the project. The Raspberry Pi Model B+ uses the same processor as the predecessor, as well as having the same amount of RAM, 512 MB. The difference lies in changes of design and connectors, such as an improved SD card reader, four USB ports, improved audio system and optimizing the energy consumption of the equipment.

The above model will remain in production, and the new version is now available from the usual sales channels on line of Raspberry Pi.

In recently, the device emerged several competitors, among which stands out HummingBoard, a more complete model with ARM chip at 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Ethernet, USB, and digital and analog audio connections, as well as a HDMI, mSATA and an infrared receiver connection.

With the same premise, Intel looks for going in the educational segment with a similar model, called Galileo, with a price of $69. This platform is equipped with a Quark chip at 400 MHz, 256 MB RAM, Ethernet port, slot for SD memory cards, one PCI Express connector, one RS-232 and another USB port, along with 8 MB flash memory.