Raspberry Pi 2 – Double the Power – Same Price

Just in from Raspberry Pi Foundation:

Let’s get the good stuff out of the way above the fold. Raspberry Pi 2 is now on salefor $35 (the same price as the existing Model B+), featuring:

  • A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (~6x performance)
  • 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory)
  • Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1

Because it has an ARMv7 processor, it can run the full range of ARM GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as Microsoft Windows 10.

What does this mean? It means more power, more software and the same interfaces.

The new CPU is a quadcore ARMv7 CPU, meaning that standard Linux distros as well as Windows 10 works on the platform (why would you want to tinker with Windows when you have Linux is beyond me, but anyway).

The RAM has doubled to 1GB, which is great. If nothing else, it can be used to cache more data from disk. Because, let’s be honest about this, the biggest problem with the Pi right now is the I/O speed of SD cards. A small eMMC would have been a welcome addtion.

While considering all this shiny stuff, it is also important to notice that the original Raspberry Pi will remain in production. This is important for many, many customers using this in a wide range of applications.

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