Raspberry Pi, the hit computer that fits in the palm of your hand has been revealed today to be getting a successor in the form of the Raspberry Pi 2…and it’s already on sale!
The Raspberry Pi is a British developed computer that can fit in the palm of your hand and it only retails for around £25. When I said computer what you actually purchase for your money is a circuit board with all the essentials on it. The Raspberry Pi is a CPU, GPU (Graphics Card), USB slots, SD card read and network ports, there’s also a HDMI port to connect to a monitor or television.
You still have to pay out a little extra for the basics to get this setup running. You’ll need a display device, keyboard, mouse, a power supply and a SD card to store the operating system on. Don’t forget some form of casing to protect the Raspberry Pi as well. But then after that, you can really start experimenting.
The Raspberry Pi was designed and built with the intention of getting people coding again. Thousands of schools have bought them enabling children to learn programming. Add-on boards such as webcams can be purchased for more ideas and fun. Just a quick internet search will reveal the many uses people have come up with for this little bit of kit with over 4.5 million have been sold so far.
Today Raspberry Pi have revealed the Raspberry Pi 2. A board the same size as the original but with much more power. Here are the basic specifications from the Raspberry Pi website.
- A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU ( up to 6 x performance of the original)
- 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2 x memory of the original)
- Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1
The ARM processor enables full compatibility with ARM GNU/Linux distributions as well as a special edition of the forthcoming Microsoft Windows 10. You can read more about that here.
But its not all about running the latest software. Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton is nostalgic for things retro. He told TechRadar,
“I really want to see Amiga emulation on this thing – they were beautiful machines. The original Pi is almost good enough to run some Amiga 500 games if you turn the hardware fidelity down, but you can’t get the later ones that rely heavily on the exact cycle timings. I think this [Raspberry Pi 2] will do a good Amiga 500 job, and there’s a chance it could run Amiga 1200 games too.”
The Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi 2 are available now. Get creating!