Raspberry Pi Model A+ Launches, Costs Just $20

Written by Michael Larabel in Raspberry Pi on 10 November 2014 at 08:22 AM EST. 12 Comments
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is out with the new Model A+ board that follows in the foot steps of this summer's release of the Raspberry Pi Model B+.

The Model A+ board still uses the Broadcom BCM2835 with 256MB of RAM like the original $25 Model A board, but it's smaller (65mm length vs. 86mm for the original A), uses less power, now features 40 GPIO header pins, a micro-SD card replaces the original SD card slot, and there's audio enhancements.

Beyond these hardware enhancements found in the Raspberry Pi Model A+, the price of this low-end ARM board has dropped to just $20, compared to $25 with the original Model A. For those with performance sensitive needs though, you'll still be much better off shelling out the $35 to get the Model B+ with 512MB of RAM. Hopefully with the next-generation Raspberry Pi (Model C?) we'll see the BCM2835 abandoned in favor of an ARMv7 chip.

Find out more about the Raspberry Pi Model A+ at RaspberryPi.org.
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