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Raspberry Pi Model B+ Available from RS Components Achieves up to 30% Less Power Consumption Compared to Model B Design

Improved connectivity of four USB ports and GPIO capability extended to 40-pins

Taiwan, 15 July 2014 :

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, today announced availability of Raspberry Pi Model B+. Building on the huge success of the Model B, with over three million boards now in use, the Model B+ incorporates a number of enhancements and new features.

Raspberry Pi Model B+ available from RS Components

Between 20% and 30% improvement in power consumption has been achieved on the Model B+ by using a more efficient switched mode power supply in place of the previous linear arrangement. More extensive GPIO capability is provided by the replacement of the 26-pin socket with a 40-pin connector: the pin-out of the first 26 pins remains identical to the Model B. The number of USB ports has been doubled to four, enabling users to avoid the use of a cascading hub when deploying multiple devices such as a wired keyboard, mouse, wireless dongle and external hard drive. Audio output quality has also been improved with some DSP-related fixes.

Some small changes have also been made to the board form factor in order to provide better alignment of connectors on the side of the board. In addition, four mounting holes instead of two are now provided to facilitate improved board stability when mounted within an OEM application.

In keeping with current trends, the standard SD card form factor has been replaced by a microSD card format.

Raspberry Pi Model B+ is available to purchase direct from RS stock for immediate shipment priced at US$35 in single unit quantities. Production of the Model B will continue and will be sold alongside the Model B+.


About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of £1.27bn.

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