Raspberry Pi has launched a new microcomputer

It's a berry good day in UK tech, as Raspberry Pi launches the latest version of the $35 credit card-sized computer.

by Rachel Savage
Last Updated: 14 Jul 2014

The tastily-named Raspberry Pi has been gobbled up ever since it was launched just over two years ago, with more than 2.5 million of the credit card-sized computers sold around the world. And today the microcomputer’s legions of fans have plenty more to chow down on, with the launch of the upgraded model B+, which still costs just $35 (£20).

For the tech nerds among you, here are some of the all-important improved features: four USB ports instead of two, a Micro SD card slot replacing the standard SD card socket, 40 GPIOs (general purpose input/output pins – connectors for external components such as LEDs), up from 26, and lower power consumption (check out the video below for more).

Eben Upton, the founder of the Cambridge-based non-profit Pi Foundation behind the Raspberry Pi, was keen to stress this wasn’t a completely new ‘"Raspberry Pi 2" but rather the final evolution of the original Raspberry Pi’.

The microcomputer was dreamt up to get schoolchildren learning about computers and coding, finding its way into girls’ schools in Afghanistan, but has also been used to power DIY projects from a mini gameboy to a Bitcoin miner.

Its creators originally only expected to shift a few thousand, but with a Raspberry Pi 2 probably being baked in Cambridge as we speak, this is one UK tech success story that is going to keep cooking up a storm.

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