Raspberry Pi Model B+, top view.

Raspberry Pi Model B+, bottom view.

Overview

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer based on the BCM2835 system-on-chip (SoC), which includes an ARM11 processor and a powerful GPU. The Raspberry Pi supports various distributions of Linux including Debian, Fedora, and Arch Linux. This item is the Raspberry Pi Model B+.

The Raspberry Pi was designed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation in order to provide an affordable platform for experimentation and education in computer programming. The Raspberry Pi can be used for many of the things that a normal desktop PC does, including word-processing, spreadsheets, high-definition video, games, and programming. USB devices such as keyboards and mice can be connected via the board’s four USB ports. With its 0.1″-spaced GPIO header and small size, the Raspberry Pi also works as a programmable controller in a wide variety of robotics and electronics applications. Over two million Raspberry Pis have been sold, and lots of resources for the Raspberry Pi are available online.

With its 0.1″-spaced GPIO header and small size, the Raspberry Pi also works as a programmable controller in a wide variety of robotics and electronics applications. It can also be combined with our A-Star 32U4 Robot Controller LV with Raspberry Pi Bridge to make a great controller for a small robot. We also carry a selection of Raspberry Pi expansion boards.

Driving motors with an A-Star 32U4 Robot Controller LV with Raspberry Pi Bridge on a Raspberry Pi Model B+ or Pi 2 Model B.

Driving motors with a #2756 dual motor driver on a on a Raspberry Pi Model B+ or Pi 2 Model B. A step-down regulator provides 5 V to the Raspberry Pi.

Features

  • 700 MHz ARM11 processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • Ethernet port
  • Four USB ports
  • Full-size HDMI output
  • Four-pole 3.5 mm jack with audio output and composite video output
  • 40-pin GPIO header with 0.1″-spaced male pins that are compatible with our 2×20 stackable female headers and the female ends of our premium jumper wires.
  • Camera interface (CSI)
  • Display interface (DSI)
  • Micro SD card slot

Translucent Enclosure for Raspberry Pi Model B+ with a Raspberry Pi board (not included) inside.

What you will need

To use the Raspberry Pi, you will need a few additional things that are not included:

  • A 5 V power source with a micro USB connector. We recommend this 5 VDC 1 A wall power adapter and a USB A-to-Micro-B cable.
  • A microSD card with an operating system on it, which also serves as the main storage for the device.
  • Input and output devices, such as a keyboard and monitor.

You might also consider getting a case to house and protect your Raspberry Pi, such as the Translucent Enclosure for Raspberry Pi Model B+.

While the Raspberry Pi is powered from a 5 V supply, it operates at a 3.3 V logic level and its pins are not 5V-tolerant. Connecting higher voltages, like 5 V, directly to an I/O pin could damage the board. We recommend you use something like our bidirectional logic level shifter to interface this board with 5V systems.

For more information about the Raspberry Pi, see the technical, help and resource documents on the Raspberry Pi website.

Comparing Raspberry Pi Models

The table below shows some key features and specifications of the Raspberry Pi boards to help you choose the right one for your application.


Raspberry Pi
Model A+ 512MB

Raspberry Pi
Model B+

Raspberry Pi 2
Model B

Raspberry Pi 3
Model B
CPU: BCM2835 BCM2836 BCM2837
CPU cores: 1 4
CPU speed: 700 MHz 900 MHz 1.2 GHz
RAM: 512 MB 512 MB 1 GB
Ethernet: No Yes
WiFi: No 802.11n
Bluetooth: No 4.1
Bluetooth Low Energy: No Yes
HDMI: Yes
Analog video: Yes1
SD socket: microSD
Onboard regulators: switching
Expansion header pins: 40
USB ports: 1 4
Mounting holes: 4
Dimensions2: 2.5″ × 2.2″ × 0.47″ 3.35″ × 2.2″ × 0.8″
Weight3: 23 g 42 g

1 Audio and analog video provided by a single four-pole 3.5 mm jack. This 3.5 mm jack also has its own dedicated low-noise power supply for improved audio.

2 Length and width measurements are for the PCB only; several of the connectors extend past the edge of the board.

3 Weight does not include microSD cards.

Raspberry Pi is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.


Specifications

Dimensions

Size: 3.35″ × 2.2″ × 0.8″1
Weight: 42 g

General specifications

Processor: BCM2835
RAM size: 512 Mbytes

Notes:

1
Length and width are for the PCB only; several of the connectors extend past the edge of the board.

Resources

(PL-2752)

SKU PL-2752
Brand Raspberry Pi

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