The second model of the highly popular Raspberry Pi board hit the market today. The news first broke in The Register. The announcement is also live on Raspberry Pi website now. Hackers have another top board to get their hands dirty with. The new board is officially named Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. With the new hardware spec it’s expected to deliver at least 6x times than the earlier B+ model.
- Broadcom BCM2836 900MHz quad-core Cortex-A7 (ARM) SoC
- 1 GB RAM
- What remains same as in B+:
> Form factor
> Full size HDMI port
> 10/100 Ethernet port
> CSI camera port and DSI display ports
> micro USB power supply connection
As you can see, the SoC is a quad-core one and it’s nothing less than a mini-PC with the ability to play HD videos. If you aren’t sure what to do with it, you can have a superb media center with this board (HowTo with B+ model).
To install on Pi 2, you’ll need an updated NOOBS or Raspbian image including an ARMv7 kernel and modules from the official Raspberry Pi website downloads section. As per an update from Ubuntu, Snappy Ubuntu Core will run on Raspberry Pi 2.
Pi 2 is priced at $35. Same as the earlier B+ model! Tentatively 100,000 units will be available in the first go. So we can expect more outlets pretty soon. You can order it at the following websites: