Oh the joy!
How I’ve been waiting for this day to come! I’m one of those, by now quite rare, nerds who never bought the Raspberry Pi single-board computer. Somehow I was content with the idea that I’ll buy it once I have an idea of what to do with it. Foolish! One thing is for sure; I won’t make the same mistake this time.
So just the other day the Raspberry Pi Foundation launched the successor to their highly successful Raspberry Pi single-board computer. Let’s have a look at the specs!
|Model B+||Model B gen. 2|
|SoC||Broadcom BCM2835||Broadcom BCM2836|
|CPU||700MHz ARM11 ARMv6 (single core)||900MHz Cortex-A7 ARMv7 (quadcore)|
|GPU||VideoCore 4 (24GFLOPS)||VideoCore 4 (24GFLOPS)|
|RAM||512MB LPDDR2 @ 400MHz||1024MB LPDDR2 @ 450MHz|
Truth to be told, not much has changed from the B+ model. That being said, this is one heck of an upgrade. The processor has been beefed up from a 700MHz single core to a 900MHz quadcore, which according to the foundation should perform around 6 times better than the old CPU. The move from ARMv6 to the ARMv7 architecture also means greater support for ARM Linux distros, such as Snappy Ubuntu Core. The memory has also received a well-earned bump from 0.5GB to a full 1GB, together with a slight (50MHz) frequency increase. The rest has been kept basically the same, and for a good reason: all hardware and software developed for previous Pi’s are compatible with Pi 2. How awesome isn’t that? For people like me, it means that I can jump in now, years later, and overindulge myself in all the user content that has been created and polished up until now, and get 6 times the performance when doing so! All of this for the same sweet price of the original.
As a cherry on top of all of this, Microsoft announced that they will release Windows 10 for free to Pi users. Oh quiet, you Linux lovers, this is still good news!
This will be an interesting year for Raspberry Pi, for sure 🙂
More reading: http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-2-on-sale/