The Pi 2 Board
OK, the Raspberry Pi 2 is here! This powerful little microcomputer just got the largest spec upgrade of its life, and just before its 3rd Birthday.
Here are the impressive specs straight from the RPi Foundations post.
- A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (~6x performance)
- 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory)
- Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1
That is a mighty big leap for the little guy.
The internet went crazy with excitement, the RPi Foundations site was even down for a little while during the peak. Check out the source links below for more information.
BuyaPi’s estimated ETA for having the the RPi is February 27th 2015. Stay connected to find out about pre-order availability.
Here’s what you need to know about the Pi 2.
Up to 6x faster!
That’s right! A 900MHZ Quad-core and 1 GIG of RAM means this little guy can finally multitask.
The shape is the same.
That means all of your B+ cases and accessories that rely on the shape, size and location of GPIO ports, etc., will work just fine.
The chip is different, therefore the OS is different.
Raspbian and NOOBS have gotten an upgrade, but a lot of other distros will need to be made specific for the new chip. This means any software will take a while before it is completely compatible.
It will be able to run a version of Windows 10.
There isn’t a lot of info out right now about this, but check out the windows page for more details about WindowsOnDevices.com.
It isn’t replacing the other Pi’s.
The A+, B & B+ models will continue to be made for the time being.
That’s all for now. We’re looking forward to getting these out to you. I’m excited to see what a more powerful Raspberry Pi can do!
Additional Resources / Sources
- Adafruit Pi 2 Intro and Benchmarks
- Adafruit Images of Pi 2
- Official Pi 2 Intro Post
- Pi Foundation Follow Up Post (With Videos)
- HiFiBerry’s Pi 2 FAQ