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Raspberry Pi 2 arrives with quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM. Runs free Windows 10, but still same $35 price

The Raspberry Pi Foundation’s low-cost computer was an instant phenomenon upon its release in 2012, and now, just shy of three years later, it’s back with a new one. The foundation is today announcing the Raspberry Pi 2, an equally cheap, equally tiny computer that’s meant for use in electronics projects, assisting experiments, and teaching kids how to code.

There are two key changes on this new model: its processor is now a lot more powerful and it includes twice as much RAM. What doesn’t change is just as important: it still sells for only $35.

“It’s a major leap forward in terms of computing power for users,” says Mike Powell, a technology development manager for Pi distributor Element14. Powell believes that the Pi 2 will open up a lot of new opportunities because of its added computing power. “A whole wave of new applications are now possible,” he says.

To get more specific, the Pi 2 is running a quad-core, ARMv7 processor clocked at 900MHz (the foundation says that it expects power users to clock it even higher), and it includes 1GB of RAM. The original Pi included a single-core, ARMv6 processor at 700MHz and only 512MB of RAM. Aside from that, the new model is pretty much the same as the latest “Model B+” Pi board. It supports up to 4 USB connections, its primary storage is a Micro SD card, and it all fits on a small green board. The Raspberry Pi Foundation says that performance increases will vary depending on what you’re doing with it, but on the whole, they’re going to be substantial.

On its website Microsoft says that, “We’re excited to announce that we are expanding our Windows Developer Program for IoT by delivering a version of Windows 10 that supports Raspberry Pi 2. This release of Windows 10 will be free for the Maker community through the Windows Developer Program for IoT. Windows 10 is the first step to an era of more personal computing. This vision framed our work on Windows 10, where we are moving Windows to a world that is more mobile, natural and grounded in trust. With the Windows for IoT developer program we’re bringing our leading development tools, services and ecosystem to the Raspberry Pi community!” (Source: https://dev.windows.com/en-us/featured/raspberrypi2support)

Here is the full list of specs for Raspberry Pi 2 Model B:

  • SoC: Broadcom BCM2836 (CPU, GPU, DSP, SDRAM)
  • CPU: 900 MHz quad-core ARM Cortex A7 (ARMv7 instruction set)
  • GPU: Broadcom VideoCore IV @ 250 MHz
  • More GPU info: OpenGL ES 2.0 (24 GFLOPS); 1080p30 MPEG-2 and VC-1 decoder (with license); ​1080p30 h.264/MPEG-4 AVC high-profile decoder and encoder
  • Memory: 1 GB (shared with GPU)
  • USB ports: 4
  • Video input: 15-pin MIPI camera interface (CSI) connector
  • Video outputs: HDMI, composite video (PAL and NTSC) via 3.5 mm jack
  • Audio input: I²S
  • Audio outputs: Analog via 3.5 mm jack; digital via HDMI and I²S
  • Storage: MicroSD
  • Network: 10/100Mbps Ethernet
  • Peripherals: 17 GPIO plus specific functions, and HAT ID bus
  • Power rating: 800 mA (4.0 W)
  • Power source: 5 V via MicroUSB or GPIO header
  • Size: 85.60mm × 56.5mm
  • Weight: 45g (1.6 oz)

I wish to have this board in India soon  and then to do some hands on experience and benchmarks. Fingers crossed.

You can find more details from below links.

http://lifehacker.com/the-raspberry-pi-2-is-faster-more-powerful-and-availa-1682814956

http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/2/7954617/raspberry-pi-2-announced-on-sale

http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-2-on-sale/

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