After the success of original Raspberry Pi, Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched Raspberry Pi 2 as its new computing model that can run the Windows 10, alongside full range of ARM GNU/Linux distributions such as the Snappy Ubuntu Core. The new single-board computer is claimed to be six times more powerful than its predecessor.
The Raspberry Pi 2 comes with an affordable price of $35. At this price, users get a full-fledged computing experience through an ARM v7 architecture-based Broadcom BCM2835 chipset that has a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU clocked at 900MHz and 1GB LPDDR2 RAM.
The new computing model, called Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, comes with backward compatibility. This means that it can support software versions which were designed for the original Raspberry Pi or for the last year launched Raspberry Pi Model B+. Moreover, all the connectors available on the new computer board are in the same place and have the same functionality as it was designed for the first-generation Raspberry Pi model and there is 4V microUSB power adapter.
The Raspberry Pi 2 features four USB ports and an expanded number of GPIO pins to offer an advanced I/O support. The company claims that the new board has enough power to boot up in less than half the time of its previous models.
On the claimed six times faster performance than its predecessor, Raspberry Pi Foundation CEO Eben Upton says that the speed varies from one application to another but the new model is sufficient to be considered as a PC.
“We’ve seen single-threaded CPU benchmarks that speed up by as little as 1.5x, while Sunspider is around 4x faster, and NEON-enabled multicore video codecs can be over 20x faster. 6x is a typical figure for a multi-threaded CPU benchmark like SysBench,” he added.
Raspberry Foundation, the group behind the original Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi 2, has partnered with Microsoft to bring Windows 10 operating system on the new model.
Upton confirms that the Raspberry Pi 2-compatible version of Windows 10 operating system will be available free of charge as it will be released by the software giant.
The Raspberry Pi 2 will be available through element14 and RS Components starting today. The availability of the new model will not affect its prior versions as the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B and Model B+ will continue to be available in the market for $35 while the Model A+ will still carry a price tag of $20.