New to the streets: Raspberry Pi Model B+

Raspberry Pi Model B+

Today's exciting news - a new model of the Raspberry Pi has been released! Our batch is due to arrive soon, and you can preorder today for a special introductory price!

The Model B+ uses the same BCM2835 application processor as the Model B. It runs the same software, and still has 512MB RAM; but the Raspberry Pi team have made the following key improvements:

  • More GPIO. The GPIO header has grown to 40 pins, while retaining the same pinout for the first 26 pins as the Model B.
  • More USB. There are now 4 USB 2.0 ports, compared to 2 on the Model B, and better hotplug and overcurrent behaviour.
  • Micro SD. The old friction-fit SD card socket has been replaced with a much nicer push-push micro SD version.
  • Lower power consumption. By replacing linear regulators with switching ones they've reduced power consumption by between 0.5W and 1W (the B+ board now uses less power (600mA) than the Model B Board (750mA) when running).
  • Better audio. The audio circuit incorporates a dedicated low-noise power supply.
  • Neater form factor. Aligned the USB connectors with the board edge, moved composite video onto the 3.5mm jack, and added four squarely-placed mounting holes.

Please note: The Raspberry Pi Model B+ has a different layout to the previous Raspberry Pis which means existing enclosures / daughter boards may not fit.



  • Chip: Broadcom BCM2835 SoC
  • Core Architecture: ARM11
  • CPU: 700 MHz Low Power ARM1176JZFS Applications Processor
  • GPU
    • Dual Core VideoCore IV® Multimedia Co-Processor
    • Provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
    • Capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24GFLOPs with texture filtering and DMA infrastructure
  • Memory: 512MB SDRAM
  • Operating System: Boots from Micro SD card, running a version of the Linux operating system
  • Dimensions: 85 x 56 x 17mm
  • Power: Micro USB socket 5V, 2A 
  • Ethernet: 10/100 BaseT Ethernet socket
  • Video:
    • HDMI (rev 1.3 & 1.4)
  • USB: 4 x USB 2.0 Connector
  • GPIO Connector: 
    • 40-pin 2.54 mm (100 mil) expansion header: 2x20 strip
    • Providing 27 GPIO pins as well as +3.3 V, +5 V and GND supply lines
  • Camera Connector: 15-pin MIPI Camera Serial Interface (CSI-2)
  • JTAG: Not populated
  • Display Connector: Display Serial Interface (DSI) 15 way flat flex cable connector with two data lanes and a clock lane
  • Memory Card Slot: SDIO