Raspberry Pi microcomputer gets even more micro

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a smaller and cheaper version of their tiny computer.

Raspberry Pi have just released a new version of their microcomputer called the A+, which has been dubbed "smaller, more energy-efficient and crazy-affordable" by its creators the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

If you don't know what a Pi is then you need to get out form behind that rock you've been living under for the past few years, because since this device's launch in February 2012 it's been nothing short of a sensation.

Essentially the Pi is a stripped down, barebones microcomputer aimed at getting youngsters into programming or at adults who just want to be a bit nerdy and experimental.

The A+, measures in at just 6.5cm which is a whole 21mm smaller than the previous model. The device, which is developed and built in England, has also seen its SD card reader swapped out for a MicroSD card reader

It's developers have also managed to install a new 40-pin GPIO header which will give the Pi A+ more inputs and outputs overall. It also retains the same 256MB of RAM, that is currently available in the A model.

You shouldn't expect the same performance and functionality as the B+ model that was released earlier this year though. The A+ is seen as a more modest alternative; it's much less powerful and has nowhere near the same number of components as the B+.

Arguably the best thing about this new Pi is its staggeringly low price tag. In the UK you can pick up the A+ for just £15, if you're based in the US it will cost you only $20.