The new Raspberry Pi 2 has been unveiled with more memory and a faster processor. The original Raspberry Pi was first released in February 2012 with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools. The foundations of the Raspberry Pi are a series of credit card sized single-board computers developed in the UK using standard and readily available components. It’s operating System primarily uses Linux Kernel, with tools available for Python, BBC Basic, C, C++, Java, Perl and Ruby available.
The new Raspberry Pi 2 has an ARMv7 processor and can run ‘the full range of ARM GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as Microsoft Windows 10.’ Some of its features include:
- A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (~6x performance)
- 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory)
- Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1
Although the Raspberry Pi 2 is now available, the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B and B+ will not be discontinued yet ‘as long as there is demand for it’.
The Raspberry Pi has inspired many innovative projects including the University of Glasgow creating a mini commercial cloud infrastructure using the Raspberry Pi and Lego and London Tech enthusiasts developing a water cooling device.