RASPBERRY PI MODEL B+

Author: Zen Kuda Nixjoen

Unless you’re living under Patrick’s rock or you’re Amish then you have heard about a “Raspberry Pi”. In this article, we will be giving you a brief overview of the Raspberry Pi Model B+. Whether you want to learn to program, browse the internet, or complete a DIY electronics project, the Raspberry Pi Model B+ is the perfect choice for you. Labeled as “The final revision of our third-generation single-board computer” on the official Raspberry Pi website, this little $35 computer is one of the best SBCs out there and it will absolutely give you your money’s worth. Let’s dive right into the details.

SPECS AT A GLANCE

CPU: 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53
RAM: 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM
Wireless LAN: Dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2 HS low-energy (BLE)
Ethernet: 300Mbit/s
GPIO: 40 Pins
USB Ports: 4x USB 2.0
HDMI Port: HDMI 1.3a
Camera Serial Interface (CSI): YES
Display Serial Interface (DSI): YES
microSD slot: YES

COMPARISON WITH PREVIOUS MODEL – RASPBERRY PI B

The most significant difference between the Raspberry Pi Model B+ and the Model B is the increase in processor speed, a boost of 200MHz to be more specific. The Raspberry Pi B+ also adds the following:

  • Chrome finish on the board and around the wireless circuitry
  • Bluetooth upgrade to 4.2
  • Faster ethernet port
  • Dual-Band Wi-Fi
  • New power management integrated circuit for better power draw

WHAT YOU WILL LOVE ABOUT THE RASPBERRY PI MODEL B+

FASTER PROCESSOR
The thermals on the Raspberry Pi B+ were improved and now allow the CPU to run at 1.4GHz as opposed to the 1.2GHz CPU speed of the Model B. As for the video processing speed, the Raspberry Pi Model B+ has a clock speed of 400Mhz whereas the Model B stands at 300MHz.

FASTER WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY
The addition of dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 will enable faster networking speed and reduced interference, on top of that the new antenna technology will help to improve the reception.

FASTER ETHERNET
The upgraded USB/LAN chip has helped increase ethernet networking speed to over 2x that of the Raspberry Pi Model B.

SOFTWARE
As for the software, since the Raspberry Pi Model B+ is designed to function as a mini-computer, the included Raspbian operating system comes preloaded with some basic applications that you would expect on a normal desktop top such as:

  • LibreOffice (word processor, spreadsheet software, database management, presentation software
  • Chromium Web Browser
  • File Manager/Explorer
  • Video/Image viewer
  • PDF Reader
  • Text Editor
  • Task Manager

On top of all that a programming editor similar to Notepad++ called Geany is included and supports languages such as Python, C, Java, and PHP among others. The software also includes a Python IDLE and Thonny (a Python IDE for beginners). For the kids, there is the programming language Scratch. There are many other useful applications included as well as a handful of python games and even Sonic Pi which is an application for programming-based music creation.

ADVANTAGESDISADVANTAGES
Faster processing speedsSome parts have to be bought separately
(unless you buy a kit version)
Faster wireless connectivity
Faster ethernet port
Flexible design
Great for tinkerers and students
Free software

CONCLUSION

Overall, the Raspberry Pi Model B+ is a powerful and capable machine. At just $35 – $42 on Amazon, this single-board computer is a great investment for any budding programmer or even a more experienced tinkerer. There is so much that you can do with the Raspberry Pi Model B+ from creating a small basic needs everyday PC, an automated home system, an arcade game system to an entertainment console. If you are thinking of buying the Raspberry Pi Model B+ I highly recommend it, you will get great performance at an unbelievable price.

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