Raspberry Pi 2 Model B surprise launch, SA price

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
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

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