Monday 2 February 2015

Brand New Raspberry Pi 2

This new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B has all the bells and Whistles and dramatic improvements in almost every aspect.

Unlike the previous revisions of the model A and B Raspberry Pi's the GPIO layout has not changed since the HAT spec was introduced July last year
The Major update this time has been the Soc it is a complete revamp of the application processor this It comes with the all new BCM2836 manufactured by Boardcom and still containing the VideoCore 4  GPU but this time paired with a Four ARM Coretex-A7 CPUs each running at 900MHz WOW also the RAM has been moved to the underside of the board instead of on-top of the Processor in a PoP format it has been moved to the underside and upgraded to 1GB LPDDR2 twice as big twice as fast.

And the best thing about all of this it is still keeping it's $35 price tag

This is a major move for the Raspberry Pi foundation make the Raspberry Pi one of the meanest single board computers outstripping the Beagle Bone Black, Banana Pi,  Orange Pi,  Imagination Creator CI20 and coming into contending with the  monster $35 board that is the ODROID-C1.
It will be interesting to see how this new Pi is excepted by the community, my point of view is that it will put another feather in the Raspberry Pi Foundation's cap give them a powerful mutli-core platform to help grow the next generation of Programmers and Engineers this also breaks away from the aging ARM V6 architecture and bring it inline with embed consumer products already on the market.

I'll be sad to see the breakaway from the older platform this is mainly down to my own belief that getting the most out of an older platform leads to better more efficient  programming. 
Hoping to see some mutli-coring hackie goodness coming from the community very soon and full review and spec rundown coming soon.

Ps. Pimoroni  are already selling it with their PiBow Case

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