Raspberry Pi Model B+ now available from RS

Raspberry Pi Model B+ available from RS Components achieves, up to 30% less power consumption compared to Model B design

Raspberry Pi B+ has improved connectivity of four USB ports and GPIO capability extended to 40-pins

Johannesburg, South Africa RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, 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.

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In keeping with current trends, the standard SD card form factor has been replaced by a microSD card format.

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RS Components is the market leader in the high service level distribution of electrical, electronic, mechanical, tools and industrial products. Operating in 26 countries whilst serving a further 100 through third-party distributors, RS serves every sector of industry in the procurement of their products relating to maintenance, repair, operations, low volume production, research and development.  With over 500 000 products across 2500 leading brands, the company is committed to ensuring that their 1,5 million customers have fast access to a broad, as well as deep range, of products and technologies, all under one roof. RS’s customers, whether ordering single or multiple items, experience a quick, easy, secure, painless and cost effective process.  The RS catalogue, available at, offers full colour pictures with extensive clear product specifications.  Free access to 90 000 datasheets ensure the correct product choice.  Order placement is easily facilitated through, the call centre, e-mail, fax and trade counter.  Locally held stock is delivered to customers within 24 hours, and products held internationally, within four to six working days. It is proven that departments traditionally spend 80% of their time sourcing products that account for only 20% of their total procurement spend. RS is focussed on reducing the customers “total cost of product ownership” by reducing the need to make multiple calls to various companies to source products, reducing supplier related administration and allowing for the amalgamation as well as consolidation of supplier bases.  Through this process, procurement efficiency is improved and time is freed up to concentrate on the more important business decisions.

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