The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the Raspberry Pi Model A+, a followup to the Model A which was launched two years ago. The organisation has managed to shrink the computer down to a tiny length of 65mm, without losing anything except for a few dollars off the retail price.
At the heart of the Raspberry Pi Model A+ is the same Broadcom BCM2835 processor clocked at 700MHz with 256MB RAM. While the internals have not been upgraded, the Foundation has managed to improve power consumption; down to a single watt from 2.5 W. The old SD card slot has been reduced to a MicroSD card reader, although this also means that it has replaced the friction fit socket with a nicer push-push holder.
The GPIO header has also been expanded to 40 pins, to allow it to work better with a wider range of Raspberry Pi HAT add-on boards. This could be an effort to standardise HAT production and make it easier to switch hardware between Model A+ and Model B+ computers.
Raspberry Pi Model A+ is being sold at US$20 (or 20 Pounds in the UK) on the online store.
[Source: Raspberry Pi]