Faster Raspberry Pi 2 Unveiled

A new budget-priced Raspberry Pi has been unveiled, offering a faster processor and more memory than ever before.

According to the British charity behind the model, The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B is around six times more powerful than the prior version.

Previous versions of the Pi have been demonstrated and used around schools and by enthusiasts around the world; however it faces increased competition.

Another UK-based firm named Imagination recently released a bare-bones computer of its own and the Arduino, Intel Galileo, Gizmo 2, BeagleBone Black and Hummingboard are also amongst the list of growing rivals.

The Raspberry Pi 2 makes two major changes to the previous version, whilst leaving other components unchanged.

The CPU is now quad core rather than single core, which means it can be programmed to use more of its cores to offer extra computing power. The Cortex A7 processor now also runs at 800MHz rather than 700 MHz.

Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi said: "We think it's about six times more powerful for most applications.

"This means this is really a PC now.

"You can do most of the things with this that you can do with a PC. You can surf the web, you can watch videos, you can play games like Minecraft. But we also bundle it with the tools that children need in order to learn how to program.

"The great thing is - apart from those two changes - that we've managed to keep everything else the same.

"So, all of those tutorials that people have developed over the last few years will carry on working with this device. It just kind of broadens out the range of interesting stuff kids can do."

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