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Raspberry Pi B+ £27.44 free P&Ponline @ CPC Farnell
Raspberry Pi B+ £27.44  free P&Ponline @ CPC Farnell

Raspberry Pi B+ £27.44 free P&Ponline @ CPC Farnell

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The latest edition to the Raspberry Pi family - The Raspberry Pi B+ (B Plus) brings some much anticipated additions to the original Raspberry Pi Model B

Technical Specification:
• 700MHz Broadcom BCM2835 CPU with 512MB RAM
• 40pin extended GPIO
• 4 x USB 2 ports
• 4 pole Stereo output and Composite video port
• Full size HDMI
• CSI camera port for connecting the Raspberry Pi camera
• DSI display port for connecting the Raspberry Pi touch screen display
• Micro SD port for loading your operating system and storing data
• Micro USB power source
Model B+ Features:
• 40pin extended GPIO to enhance your “real world” projects
• Connect a Raspberry Pi camera and touch screen display (each sole separately)
• Stream and watch Hi-definition video output at 1080P
• Connect more to your Raspberry Pi using the 4 x USB port

48 Comments

Hope keyboards work better on the pi than on your phone/pc ☺

well you can't say they haven't changed much. . They have added 2 more usb ports. GPIO is now with 40 pins do more configurations possible. and this without increase in cost....Tell that to apple. Anyway they are calling it as B+... so don't expect too much.

Good price for a computer, I've recently setup the Pi was given for xmas with RetroPie and running some classic games from the 1980s

do these come with a power supply?

Original Poster

timams

do these come with a power supply?

I'm afraid not. But one is available for under a fiver from Farnell. It uses a micro USB connector. The USB ports can supply more than 500ma so a supply of at least 2A is needed to supply all the sockets. Although I believe each socket can provide more than 500ma for devices such as Hard Drives etc.
PS Just checked the new PSUs just in are £6
Edited by: "frankreid" 18th Jul 2014

Banned

not really much of a saving but you can get them here for £26.99 and the NOOBS 8gb sd with it for £30 same link just at bottom of page
Edited by: "chrisking66" 19th Jul 2014

IMO they should have started model c with double the ram and next cpu

Any link to recommended power supply?

Zeb7

Any link to recommended power supply?



cpc.farnell.com/ras…060

there you go (not sure why you could not have done what i done and googled it?

damn what happened to the apple comment. I had to step away for 10 minutes before I could respond and it's gone.....

trevcjohnson

Good price for a computer, I've recently setup the Pi was given for xmas … Good price for a computer, I've recently setup the Pi was given for xmas with RetroPie and running some classic games from the 1980s



Computer, HA! The 1980's called and want ... their .... computer ... back ... oh.

Hot! ...and I want one!

Cheapest price available I think for b+. I only got a raspberry pi a few weeks ago, wish I held off to get the updated version!

coolstar

Cheapest price available I think for b+. I only got a raspberry pi a few … Cheapest price available I think for b+. I only got a raspberry pi a few weeks ago, wish I held off to get the updated version!

Get another one! This one will be my sixth.

When are they going to bring out a different flavour ?

omneity1

Get another one! This one will be my sixth.



What you using them all for out of interest. I've got a couple I'm using for so e automation but never got them working nicely with all my media

hot swap USB and can now power USB HDDs

ermmmm sorry to sound like a noob..but what are these intended for?! :-(

lecr

ermmmm sorry to sound like a noob..but what are these intended for?! :-(



Best off searching for it. There are tons of uses.

hermano2

http://cpc.farnell.com/raspberry-pi-psu/rpi-psu-uk-mk1/raspberry-pi-power-supply-5v-1a/dp/PW03060there you go (not sure why you could not have done what i done and googled it?



You won't get a very good overclock with that PSU as it simply cannot supply enough current!!
To keep my decent overclock stable (1.1GHz, 500MHz, 500MHz, 500MHz) I needed to use the anker 25w USB charger, however any decent 20-25W (4-5A) 5v PSU will suffice :-)


Thanks Leftfield_2k2.

lecr

ermmmm sorry to sound like a noob..but what are these intended for?! :-(



Quite a few different things like;

Building an emulator - you can play all your old gameboy/snes/gamegear/master/mega drive games on your tv (not sure about playstation/n64 games)

- Media centre - you can install XBMC on it and then it'll allow you to stream all your media from any devices in the house to the tv. You can also add iPlayer etc and basically turn your tv into a smartTV

- Learn to code - You can install a Linux distribution and learn how to code on it.

- Home automation - if you want to learn to use hardware with it, you can hook up the pins to control lights/heating/blinds etc

AlanClarke

Computer, HA! The 1980's called and want ... their .... computer ... … Computer, HA! The 1980's called and want ... their .... computer ... back ... oh.




The ZX81 came with 1 KB of RAM and in 1989 home computers had 128 KB RAM on average

My original "b" pi with half the present ram plays everything thrown at it, 1080 resolution without stuttering.
My old pentium 2.8 prescott which I paid hundreds more for many years ago fails miserably by comparison. Unlike many media players the software can and is updated regularly and the pi is far more versatile, it's helped take some great photos from space too.

grt price.... was waiting to buy form my project work... Thanks

balmots

When are they going to bring out a different flavour ?



New model not expected until 2017.

AlanClarke

Computer, HA! The 1980's called and want ... their .... computer ... … Computer, HA! The 1980's called and want ... their .... computer ... back ... oh.



Even got mine hooked up to an old Goodmans CRT TV, remember them??
Edited by: "trevcjohnson" 19th Jul 2014

The "old" model B's were £24 pretty much everywhere and then the B+ made the prices go back up to £28+

and yeah that 1A psu is crap
Edited by: "sej7278" 19th Jul 2014

Leftfield_2k2

You won't get a very good overclock with that PSU as it simply cannot … You won't get a very good overclock with that PSU as it simply cannot supply enough current!!To keep my decent overclock stable (1.1GHz, 500MHz, 500MHz, 500MHz) I needed to use the anker 25w USB charger, however any decent 20-25W (4-5A) 5v PSU will suffice :-)



It's probably an issue with the PSU rather than the Pi needing 20-25w.

My Android device, using an overclocked quad core CPU at 1.8ghz, 2gb of ram, wifi, bluetooth and flash memory only takes 8w. The Pi when I had one could be comfortably powered at 500ma.

I doubt a 400mhz OC quadruples power consumption and both USB sockets are drawing an amp each.

I've got a blackberry charger powering mine overclocked and 100% stable I think it 1.3a at 5v

lecr

ermmmm sorry to sound like a noob..but what are these intended for?! :-(



Most get bought because "zomg wow!!!!1 cheap computer!!!!!!11" and then they get used to take up space in drawers and on shelves.

I use mine for monitoring hot water cylinder temperatures, I did try it as a media centre but it's poor when compared to other platforms running XBMC. Yes it might be cheaper, but sometimes it is worth spending a couple of extra quid. If you want to turn your TV into a SmartTV then a Chromecast is a better way to go about it.

liamf12

My original "b" pi with half the present ram plays everything thrown at … My original "b" pi with half the present ram plays everything thrown at it, 1080 resolution without stuttering.My old pentium 2.8 prescott which I paid hundreds more for many years ago fails miserably by comparison. Unlike many media players the software can and is updated regularly and the pi is far more versatile, it's helped take some great photos from space too.



The pi isn't trying to do it all in software like that old prescott system probably was. It has a hardware decoder. It's no surprise that hardware specifically designed for a task is going to be better than something trying to emulate it all in software!

arclife

Most get bought because "zomg wow!!!!1 cheap computer!!!!!!11" and then … Most get bought because "zomg wow!!!!1 cheap computer!!!!!!11" and then they get used to take up space in drawers and on shelves.I use mine for monitoring hot water cylinder temperatures, I did try it as a media centre but it's poor when compared to other platforms running XBMC. Yes it might be cheaper, but sometimes it is worth spending a couple of extra quid. If you want to turn your TV into a SmartTV then a Chromecast is a better way to go about it.



Chromecast is a middleman nothing more. The Pi can be an independent iplayer player etc without the need for anything but an internet connection.

Original Poster

getknk

IMO they should have started model c with double the ram and next cpu


Maybe they should call it Raspberry Master (when it appears)
(For those old enough to remember this is an allusion to Acorn computer naming sequence)

Haven't got a pi yet so excuse the blond question.

Is a Noons card not just a standard SD memory card with the noons software loaded onto it? If so, why do people keep making a big deal about where to get noons cards from when you can diy with and SD card big enough?

noobs not noons ^

Original Poster

tan159

noobs not noons ^


You are absolutely correct. That's why I just mentioned that it was available in the description. Just to note though you need at least a class 4 card for the Pi to work properly. The one from CPC Farnell is a class 6 and if bought with the Pi it comes in at £3.65, which is not a bad price for a class 6 8GB MicroSD anyway.
If bought separately at CPC it costs £5.99 inclusive. So it's another bargain.
And it gets you started without faffing around preparing a card in the first place.


Edited by: "frankreid" 21st Jul 2014

arclife

I did try it as a media centre but it's poor when compared to other … I did try it as a media centre but it's poor when compared to other platforms running XBMC. Yes it might be cheaper, but sometimes it is worth spending a couple of extra quid. If you want to turn your TV into a SmartTV then a Chromecast is a better way to go about it.



No, it really isn't. I have both and my PiBMC gets used waaay more than my Chromecast. It's good for streaming Youtube but that's about it. PiBMC, on the other hand, will play everything I have. It also has a cheap £5 DTV stick attached which enables me to stream live TV to every tablet and XBMC instance in the house.

LeeJS

No, it really isn't. I have both and my PiBMC gets used waaay more than … No, it really isn't. I have both and my PiBMC gets used waaay more than my Chromecast. It's good for streaming Youtube but that's about it. PiBMC, on the other hand, will play everything I have. It also has a cheap £5 DTV stick attached which enables me to stream live TV to every tablet and XBMC instance in the house.



Also: geek.com/and…50/

rev6

Chromecast is a middleman nothing more. The Pi can be an independent … Chromecast is a middleman nothing more. The Pi can be an independent iplayer player etc without the need for anything but an internet connection.



I know, and it's much easier to use than XBMC. I open iPlayer on my phone / tablet, pick what I want to watch (without interrupting whatever is currently on the TV) and press the cast button. Most people have smart phones these days and this is something that just works, it's wife proof.
I'm not arguing that a pi doesn't have a place, it does but it's not a media centre in my experience. XBMC has a place, and that's not on a Pi (I run it on an x86 PC mounted on the back of the TV). I have all these devices (and a Sony 'smart' bluray player, but less said about the apps on that the better!) and the one that gets used the most is the Chromecast.
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