Today, the Raspberry Pi 2 is available for purchase and boasts that it is 6x faster than its predecessor at the same price of $35!
If you haven’t heard of the Raspberry Pi by now, it’s a highly affordable ARM based computer that is the size of a credit card. You can create lots of fun projects with it.
The Raspberry Pi 2 uses a new quad core ARMv7 chip that is 6x faster than the Raspberry Pi B+’s ARMv6 chip. The GPU remains the same which is a little disappointing for those looking to squeeze better gaming performance out of the machine, but the additional CPU horse power will still provide better performance. The memory got a significant boost, doubling from 512MB to a full 1GB. Other than that, the specs are the same as the previous generation.
The older model Raspberry Pi’s aren’t going to be discontinued either. You will be able to get the entry level A+ model for $20, and the B+/2 for $35.
Raspberry Pi has been working closely with Microsoft and have announced that Windows 10 will be compatible with the device. This is exciting news as up until now you could only put Linux distributions on the device and older versions of Windows.
I’m going to grab one of these devices for myself and turn it into a media center, either using OSMC or OpenELEC. I will write another article when I get around to this project! If you want more info on how to do this now, there are plenty of articles on the web, here is a good one to get you started: http://mymediaexperience.com/raspberry-pi-xbmc-with-raspbmc/.
You can order a Raspberry Pi 2 from:
For more info, check out the Raspberry Pi blog post: http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-2-on-sale/