It wasn’t too long ago when computers used to be bulky, filling halls worth of space and cost us millions of dollars. But as chemist Gordon Moore predicted 50 years, with the advent of microelectronics, we became capable of packing in more transistors into an integrated circuit, which in turn also dramatically decreased the cost of circuits.


Fast forward to 2012, and we had Apple making crazy-thin laptops that could easily be packed in an envelope. Rival companies and many experts at the time were busy taking potshots at the Cupertino-based giant, but in the years to come we would find all of these to shamelessly follow the route Apple had paved in front of them.

This was also the year Raspberry Foundation released Pi, a credit card-sized computer that when connected to an external display would run an actual modern operating system. This blew everyone’s mind and gleaned a lot of appreciation from everywhere. Three years down the line, Raspberry has the second generation of Pi available for purchase at retailers, and many companies are now trying to make similar dirt-cheap computers.

The company is today slashing the price of the Raspberry Pi B+ Model from $35 to $25. On a blog post, Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton notes that the due to the optimizations that the company has made in the production to keep the cost of the device low, it is possible for the company to sell the miniature computer at much lower price.

As a refresh, the B+ variant of Pi sports 40 pins in GPIO header while retaining the same pinout for the first 26 pins as the Model A and B. It also packs in 4 USB 2.0 ports and offers better hotplug and overcurrent behaviour. In addition, the microSD card has been improved to a “push-push” micro SD version.

Besides, the B+ model also consumes less power and offers better audio output as it flaunts a dedicated low-noise power supply. You may purchase it from here (UK). If you’re in India, you can purchase it for around Rs 3,000 from Snapdeal (the price is yet to be updated), you can also check out Amazon India. Folks in the United States and elsewhere can purchase the device from here.

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Manish is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.


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