Heard in the Channel: Raspberry Pi B+ Hits the Market

Enhanced credit-card sized single-board computer offers more sensors and accessories, allows for increased design complexity; plus news from Mouser, Fairview Microwave, and Europe’s CODICO GmbH

The new Raspberry Pi B+ board is now available from top distributors element14 and RS Components. The enhanced credit-card sized, single-board computer offers more sensors and accessories than ever before and allows users to build bigger and better projects, the suppliers say.

Both element14 and RS Components announced the availability of the new model, which includes advanced power management and enhanced connectivity and features a 40-pin extended GPIO, which means more sensors, connectors, and expansion boards can be added to the board, allowing for increased complexity of design.

“The new Raspberry Pi B+ marks the first major re-design of what has been one of the stand-out tech products in the last few years,” Claire Doyle, global head of Raspberry Pi at element14, said in a statement announcing the new product. “We’ve already seen the board drive some amazing designs, but the B+ model opens up the opportunity to push the boundaries of complexity and innovation to make even bigger and better projects. It is also the board that can open up a whole new area of learning for young people.”

In other industry news:

  • Mouser Electronics announced it is now shipping the Intel NUC with Intel Atom processor E3815 board and kit.
  • Fairview Microwave announced its new line of single-channel/single-axis and single-channel/multi-axis RF Rotary Joints.
  • Manufacturer Plessey announced a new distribution agreement with CODICO GmbH, a distributor of electronic components headquartered in Perchtoldsdorf, Austria, and with offices across Europe. The deal expands Plessey’s European network with coverage in Central and East European, Italian, and Danish markets for its GaN-on-Si LED products.

And don’t miss these upcoming industry events:

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2014 ECIA Executive Conference
October 26-28, 2014
Rosemont, IL

ISM Indirect Procurement Conference
December 3-4, 2014
Phoenix, Arizona

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