The Raspberry Pi Model A+ has arrived!

Raspberry Pi Model A+ has been released!

This morning the Raspberry Pi Foundation released its update to the Model A revision of the Raspberry Pi. The new Raspberry Pi Model A+ features the same BCM2835 processor, and 256MB of RAM that the previous Model A utilized, but the Model A+ differs in size, power consumption, and clutter. The Model A+ features a 40-pin GPIO connectort now which breaks out additional GPIO pins as well as conforms to the new HAT standard for better module board compatibility. Additionally the switch was made from a standard sized SD card slot to the more compact and flush mounting microSD card slot making the new smaller board even smaller. The A+ also features a more sensable mounting hole placement, as well as updating the analog audio and video into a single 3.5mm jack.

Raspberry Pi Founation Releases Raspberry Pi Model A+

The new Raspberry Pi Model A+ measures in at just 65mm x 56mm x 12mm, and features the majority of its connectors on just two sides of the board. Furthermore, the Model A+ has been reduced in price from $25 to just $20 at MCM Electronics thanks to its lower component count. The Raspberry Pi Model A+ features the same  improved power circuitry as the Model B+, but with less components, the Model A+ consumes much less power than any of the other Raspberry Pi models. According to its designer. Some reports show that the new Model A+ uses 45% less power than the B+ when tested under the same conditions. . It is important to note that unlike the Raspberry Pi Model B+, the Model A+ only features a single USB 2.0 port, and no ethernet connectivity. So if you plan on using this you will need to buy a good powered USB hub if you wish to use a wireless network dongle as well as a mouse and keyboard. 

Raspberry Pi Model A+ Specifications (From the Raspberry Pi Association)

The design is based around a Broadcom BCM2835 SoC, which includes an ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor, VideoCore IV GPU, and 256 Megabytes of RAM. This revision A+ board features four mounting holes for easy installation, a built-in reset circuit, and can be powered via the USB data ports. The design does not include a built-in hard disk or solid-state drive, instead relying on an microSD card for booting and long-term storage. This board is intended to run Linux kernel based operating systems.
 
Raspberry Pi Model A+ gets refreshed, revitalized, and reworked!
 
The Raspberry Pi uses Linux-kernel based operating systems. The Raspberry Pi does not come with a real-time clock, so an OS must use a network time server, or ask the user for time information at boot time to get access to time and date info for file time and date stamping. However a real time clock (such as the DS1307) with battery backup can be easily added via the I2C interface.

Board Specifications

  • Processor: ARM 700Mhz CPU
  • USB: One USB 2.0 Port
  • Video Output: HDMI and Composite
  • Sound: L/R Stereo (via 3.5mm 4 Pole Cable)
  • Memory: 256MB Ram
  • Operating System: Uses microSD card slot to load O/S
  • Digital interfaces: 2 onboard ribbon slots for Camera and Display
  • GPIO: 40 GPIO pins, backwards compatible to B board

For more information, check out this awesome video by TheRaspberryPiGuy! 

Images and video via http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-model-a-plus-on-sale/

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