Raspberry Pi released a new version of its credit card-sized computer on 2 February 2015, dubbed the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B.
The new model has many of the same features as the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+, but is powered by an upgraded system-on-chip, The Register reports.
According to Raspberry Pi, this new processor has four 32-bit ARMv7 Cortex-A7 cores with 1GB of RAM, offering up to six times greater performance than its predecessor.
The Register reported that the foundation’s boss, Eben Upton, said that the “6x” claim was based on SysBench test results.
RS Components in South Africa already lists the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B on its website for R446.86.
Some of the key specifications are summarised in the table below.
|Raspberry Pi 2 Model B specs|
|SoC||Broadcom BCM2836 800MHz ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor with VideoCore IV dual-core GPU|
|GPU provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode|
|GPU is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24GFLOPs with texture filtering and DMA infrastructure|
|Memory||1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM|
|Outputs||HD 1080p video output|
|Composite video (PAL/NTSC) output|
|Stereo audio output|
|10/100 BaseT RJ45 Ethernet socket|
|HDMI 1.3 & 1.4 video/audio socket|
|3.5mm 4-pole audio/composite video out jack socket|
|4 x USB 2.0 sockets|
|15-way MPI CSI-2 connector for Raspberry Pi HD video camera (775-7731)|
|15-way Display Serial Interface connector|
|Storage||MicroSD card socket|
|Boots from MicroSD card, running a new version of the Linux operating system|
|Expansion||40-pin header for GPIO and serial buses (compatible with Raspberry Pi 1 26-pin header)|
|Power supply||+5V @ 2A via microUSB socket|
|Dimensions||86 x 56 x 20mm|