Raspberry Pi 2 Has a Faster Processor And More Memory
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B has been launched by the company and it has more powerful processor along with more memory than the previous model. Roughly, it is six times more powerful than its predecessor Model B+.
While keeping most of the things same, Raspberry Pi has brought two major changes in the new model:
A quad-core processor
The CPU is much more powerful now. It is a Cortex A7 quad-core processor running at 900MHz (previous model featured a slow single-core processor clocked at 700MHz). So enthusiasts can utilize more cores and work on more intriguing projects without having to worry about slow processing speeds.
On the other hand, those working on battery-powered projects can choose to use less cores in order to provide more battery life.
While previous version had 512MB of RAM, the new Model B comes with one gigabyte of RAM. Again, this increases the number of domains in which Raspberry Pi can be used efficiently.
Modders have been using it for interesting projects from creating an arcade cabinet to using it as a dedicated download hub. Having more RAM along with a powerful processor will provide smooth video experience as well.
Eben Upton, founder of Raspberry Pi, is optimistic about Model B’s success. He believes the new model is really a PC now. It can be used for browsing the web, playing Minecraft, and watching videos.
While providing all these new features, Raspberry Pi has not forgotten the main purpose of the credit-card-sized computer — bundling it with the tools that children need in order to learn how to program.
It is of the same size as previous model. You will still need to plug in your keyboard, a MicroSD containing an operating system is still required.
Enclosures bought for Model B+ can be used for the Model B too. Since the creators have managed to keep consistency in design, while adding more compute power and RAM, all of those tutorials that people have developed can be used the same way on the new version as they were used on Model B.
Despite having widely adopted by enthusiasts, Pi has faced increased competition from other makers. Some of the new kit makers are Arduino, Intel Galileo, Gizmo 2, BeagleBone Black and Hummingboard. Imagination is another rival that recently released a new version of its computer which offers flash storage that Pi lacks. However, it is priced at almost the double as compared to Pi.
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B will be budget-friendly and will cost you just $35. It can run variety of Linux-based operating systems, and support for Windows 10 is expected to arrive soon as the work is in progress.