New Raspberry Pi 2 computer board delivers more than six times the processing power and twice the memory of previous models — now available to order from RS priced at around $35
HONG KONG, Feb. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, today announced that the next-generation Raspberry Pi 2 credit-card-sized single-board computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation is now available to order at http://hken.rs-online.com/web/.
Building upon the massive success of the first generation Raspberry Pi, and targeting consumers, businesses and educators, the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B has significantly upgraded capabilities, with faster processor cores and a doubling in memory capacity to 1GB.
Raspberry Pi 2 incorporates the Broadcom BCM2836 application processor, containing a powerful ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core CPU running at 900MHz. This new processor makes the Raspberry Pi 2 more than six times more powerful than the first generation Raspberry Pi Model B+. The board layout, multimedia subsystem and peripherals remain fully compatible with the Raspberry Pi Model B+, including the use of the extensive 40-pin GPIO (General Purpose Input Output) connector, four USB ports and an efficient switching power supply.
The increased computing power and memory capacity of the Raspberry Pi 2 will bring benefits to hobbyists, hackers and home developers enabling them to develop more powerful applications that will run faster. In addition, OEMs will also be able to benefit from the new board’s greater processing capacity as well as the Raspberry Pi platform’s record of reliability and robustness. Those involved in educating the next generation of young programmers will also take notice of this highly capable new board.
“RS is a trusted and reliable source of products, technologies and information for engineers, hobbyists and developers worldwide,” said Eben Upton, founder and trustee of Raspberry Pi. “The first generation Raspberry Pi platform has been widely adopted by many users in academic and consumer circles, and has also found use in industrial applications, where RS has played a very important role. The company’s DesignSpark community and the extensive range of free DesignSpark product-design software tools are connecting students, users and engineers from many domains around the world. The RS approach of providing key resources for software and hardware development complements the goals of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and we look forward to the continuation of this highly fruitful relationship.”
Glenn Jarrett, Global Head of Marketing at RS Components, added, “The low-cost Raspberry Pi platform has proved to be a revolutionary tool in delivering programming to a whole new universe. RS has been honoured once again to have the opportunity to work with the Foundation as a distribution partner for this exciting next important step in the evolution of the Raspberry Pi platform.”
The new Raspberry Pi 2 offered by RS is manufactured exclusively in the UK, under licence by the distributor.
Further information on the Raspberry Pi Foundation can be found at http://www.raspberrypi.org.
Further information on the DesignSpark community and range of tools can be found at http://www.designspark.com.
Raspberry Pi 2 can be ordered via the RS website at http://www.rs-online.com.
About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of GBP1.27bn.
For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-online.com.
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