Raspberry Pi 2 boasts more memory and faster processor
A new version of the Raspberry Pi single-board computer has been unveiled in London today, boasting more memory and a new processor that is six times faster than its predecessor.
The Raspberry Pi 2 is available to buy today from element14, priced at $35. It is the same size as the previous version, but comes with a Broadcom BCM2836 ARMv7 quad core processor, and runs at 900MHz with 1GB of RAM.
All previous Raspberry Pi projects can be upgraded to benefit from the improved performance via an operating system update. All cases and third-party add-on boards are also fully compatible with the new Raspberry Pi.
The new model has an expanded number of input/output pins, making it possible to connect up to four USB devices – including some powered devices such as hard drives – as well as multiple sensors, connectors and expansion boards.
It will also support a version of Windows 10, as well as traditional open source Linux distributions. The Raspberry Pi 2-compatible version of Windows 10 will be available free of charge to makers, Mr Upton said in a blog post.
"Today's launch of Raspberry Pi 2 takes the Raspberry Pi platform to a completely new level," said Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading
"Combining a sixfold increase in processing power and a doubling of memory capacity with complete backward compatibility with the existing Model B+, Raspberry Pi 2 is the perfect board for professionals and hobbyists alike."
Over four million Raspberry Pi boards have been sold since its launch in February 2012, and the kit have been widely adopted by schools and enthusiasts across the world, with a focus on learning to code.
However, Raspberry Pi faces growing competition. Rivals include the Arduino, Intel Galileo, Gizmo 2, BeagleBone Black and Hummingboard, as well as the Creator CI20, from British chip designer Imagination.
"The Raspberry Pi 2 delivers exceptional speed and power at a low cost, opening up new opportunities for innovation," said Claire Doyle, global head of Raspberry Pi at element14.
"Solutions such as the Internet of Things, motor control, scope applications, audio and FPGA are all made available to Raspberry Pi users through products from PiFace, BitScope, Cirrus Logic Audio Card and EnOcean."