element14 Raspberry Pi 2 is now 6 x Faster
The new Raspberry Pi™ 2 Model B is available to buy today from element14, priced at $35. It is six times faster than the previous model and now boasts 1GB of RAM to run bigger and more powerful projects.
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The Raspberry Pi 2 marks a major modification for the credit card-sized computer, with a new Broadcom BCM2836 ARMv7 Quad Core Processor powered Single Board Computer running at 900MHz with 1GB of RAM. For a superior user experience the new Raspberry Pi 2 boots up in less than half the time of its predecessor.
All previous Raspberry Pi projects are compatible with the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, and the expanded GPIO pins, advanced power management and connectivity, make it possible to connect up to four USB devices, including some powered devices such as hard drives. The 40-pin GPIO enables multiple sensors, connectors and expansion boards to be added, with the first 26 pins identical to the Model A and B boards, for full backward compatibility.
Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading, said: “Today's launch of Raspberry Pi 2 takes the Raspberry Pi platform to a completely new level. 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. The new board will open up new design and development opportunities for users, and further the Foundation's mission to bring affordable general-purpose computing to people everywhere.”
Since its launch in February 2012 over four million Raspberry Pi boards have been sold and element14 has launched over 30 exclusive accessories specifically designed and manufactured to expand the usability of the Raspberry Pi for millions of customers worldwide. The element14 Community has become one of the leading websites for discussion and collaboration around Raspberry Pi projects and developments. With over 280,000 registered users, the element14 Community is the largest online community for design engineers to share ideas, knowledge and solve challenges.