The foundation is today announcing theRaspberry 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 two main changes : 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.
“You could use a Raspberry Pi 1 as a PC but you had to say ‘this is a great PC in so far as it cost me 35 bucks’. We’ve removed the caveat that you had to be a bit forgiving with it. Now it’s just good.”
To get more specific, the Pi 2 is running a quad-core ARMv7 processor clocked at 900MHz & includes 1GB of RAM . Aside from that, it’s 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.
“YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THE MOST CELEBRATION FROM THE HACKERS AND THE MAKERS.”
In particular, the foundation sees the Pi 2 as being most important for its educational aspirations. “You’re going to see the most celebration from the hackers and the makers because they’re clamoring for better performance,” says Pi evangelist Matt Richardson, “but I don’t think the education realm realizes how much they’re going to like it too.” Richardson believes the simple fact that the Pi 2 is faster and more responsive will give students coding with it a much more positive experience.
Until today, the foundation maintained that a new version of the Pi was still a few years out, in part because changing its processor would result in backward compatibility issues. Obviously, something changed — but Richardson says it’s just a matter of the computer being ready sooner than expected. Declining costs now allow them to include a faster processor at the same accessible price. And as for backward compatibility, both Richardson and Powell believe that everything designed for the original Pi should work here, aside from a few edge cases that might require tweaking.
If the Pi 2’s launch goes anything like the original Pi’s launch, then these tiny computers are likely to be in incredible demand at launch. Hopefully, once the hobbyists are satisfied, plenty of machines will head out for educational uses as well. The Pi 2 goes on sale today through the foundation’s distributors, including Element14.