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Introducing Raspberry Pi 2: More bang for your buck

Natali Vlatko
Raspberry Pi 2 image via The Raspberry Pi Foundation

The new Raspberry Pi 2 has been unleashed today with more power, more memory and the same bargain price-tag. Let’s take a closer look at the specs of this second-generation hardware.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has unveiled the new Raspberry Pi 2, which is available from today and packs quite the punch in terms of power and ram. While it shares many properties of its predecessor, the new Pi 2 features a 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU and 1GB RAM, with the GPU remains unchanged. The new hardware has complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1.

Faster, Stronger

The whole experience is set to be more positive: Costing the same amount as the Pi 1, this more powerful upgrade is capable of better performance and will be more responsive for students who use the hardware when learning to code.

As with the Pi 1, Pi 2 features the following:

  • 4 USB ports
  • 40 GPIO pins
  • Full HDMI port
  • Ethernet port
  • Combined 3.5mm audio jack and composite video
  • Camera interface (CSI)
  • Display interface (DSI)
  • Micro SD card slot
  • VideoCore IV 3D graphics core

The Pi Foundation is again pushing their latest Pi model for use in schools. They believe it offers even more flexibility for learners than the leaner Pi 1 model, which has earned a reputation for its reliability in embedded scenarios and projects requiring very low power.

Eben Upton, the founder of Raspberry Pi, updated the website’s blog to coincide with the release – he mentioned that with the newly amped-up quad core, the hardware can now run Snappy Ubuntu Core, which is already available to download. A package for the NOOBS OS will be available in the next couple of weeks.

Speaking of operating systems, the team behind Pi 2 have been working closely with Microsoft in the lead up to its release in order to bring Windows 10 into the fold; with more promised over the coming months from Microsoft, the Raspberry Pi 2-compatible version of Windows 10 will be available free of charge to makers.

As you can imagine, all the traffic generated by Pi 2’s release has caused the official website to be down for small amounts of time, but further specs about the new hardware can be found here.

Author
Natali Vlatko
An Australian who calls Berlin home, via a two year love affair with Singapore. Natali was an Editorial Assistant for JAXenter.com (S&S Media Group).

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