Raspberry PI 2 has just been announced by the UK-based Raspberry PI Foundation and promises six times the performance of the original version. With this announcement, Raspberry PI 2 will be the most interesting and inspiring computer available today for less than US$ 35 and this is no doubt going to be a sensation in the tech world.
What is the Raspberry PI?
While most of the gadgets and devices we use today including the mobile phones, tablets and game consoles have powerful computers inside, they are not designed for the user to modify its functionality. Raspberry PI is a single-board, card-sized computer which allows the DIY enthusiasts and programmers to play with it and create their own inventions with it. Many have already discovered exciting ways of using the Raspberry PI. Dave Akerman attached a weather balloon and sent it 40 km above the earth to take pictures of the earth using a webcam. Prof. Simon Cox of Southampton University connected 64 Raspberry PI boards to build a super computer. Other hobbyists and engineers have built robots, gaming devices, home automation controls, and much more using this versatile single board computer, which is sold in different models.
What is wrong with the Raspberry PI?
At the heart of the Raspberry PI is a 700MHz ARM-based CPU and a GPU, which is capable of handling Blu-ray quality video feedback. But with this CPU and its support for only upto 512 MB RAM, it is not powerful enough to support Windows OS or other commercial applications. Raspberry PI supports a trimmed down version of Linux.
What is exciting about Raspberry PI 2?
As The Register puts it, “It’s a usable PC now!” For the same cost as the earlier version, the Raspberry PI 2 will now support Windows 10 Operating System and its applications. The CPU is a Broadcom BCM2836 900 MHz chip with four ARMv7 Cortex-A7 cores. It supports 1 GB RAM, 4 x USB ports, 1 x MicroSD port and 1 x HDMI port. It is amazing to have such a powerful computer which can fit in one’s pocket and can very well substitute a desktop PC. While the engineers and hobbyists are going to find new and more powerful uses for the Raspberry PI 2, what is even more exciting is that it will be a strong contender in the personal computing space, e.g. Low-cost PCs and laptops for schools. It is now time to think and create the unthinkable things with this amazing product.
What are your thoughts about the new Raspberry PI2?