If you’re looking at getting a Raspberry Pi or already have one, then some pretty exciting news was announced today. The Raspberry Pi 2, the first Pi to have 1GB of ram, a quad core 900MHz CPU making it the most powerful Pi to date.
One of the coolest things is that it is no more expensive than the current Raspberry Pi B+ and still retains all the features of that version of the Pi. Such as the 4 2.0 USB ports that are on the B+ model.
As this contains an ARMv7 processor, it can run a lot more OS distributions. This selection includes Snappy Ubuntu core, Microsoft Windows 10 (See below) and the full range of ARM GNU/Linux distributions.
These enhancements mean in the future there will be many more exciting projects in the future! All this extra computing power also means we can do much more exciting stuff!
As you can probably tell, I am super excited about all the possibilities this brings to the table.
Update: The Pi 3 has been released since this post and features a few more features that make it a much more appealing board. Be sure to check out the information on the Raspberry Pi 3 if you haven’t already.
Is the Raspberry Pi 2 that much better than the Raspberry Pi B+
According to benchmarks, it is 6x more powerful when you compare it to the previous models. This performance increase is mainly because of the quad-core this means that it can now do parallel processing.
In the previous models, all tasks were queued or interrupted which often caused long waits when asking it to do something.
Raspberry Pi Running Windows 10
Another thing to get excited is Raspberry Pi Windows 10! Raspberry Pi has been working closely with Microsoft to bring the latest version of Windows to the Pi. What’s even better is that it will free of charge for makers.
Note: Details are a bit sketchy by what this version of Windows 10 for the Raspberry Pi will have/not have. Stay tuned! (Update: It was Windows 10 IoT)
I have taken a look at windows 10 IoT for the Raspberry Pi, and it contains some pretty cool features but is certainly not for everyone. If you want to check out more information it then my guide goes through all you need about getting Windows 10 IoT setup and a short example of how to use it.
Where to order
I have already purchased mine, and if you’re interested in buying the Raspberry Pi 2, then you can find this latest model by just clicking on the button below.
Need more information? Check out the official Raspberry Pi website.
Also be sure to check out Microsoft’s announcement for Windows 10 for the Raspberry Pi at their blog here.