Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Plus Available to Order from RS Components

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, 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://my.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 Raspberry Pi Model B+ is a next-Generation Low-Cost Computer Board Multiplies Performance, credit-card sized computer board that's up and running when a keyboard, mouse, display, PSU and MicroSD card with installed OS are added.

Hence, it is suitable as a prototyping platform for IoT and robotic devices that are not 100% controller based.

Controller based is referring to embedded application and hardware where the core processing logic happens at the server running the software which controls a controller board by reading the inputs and feeding the output I/Os - conventional controller board has lower CPU and memory capability.

With next-generation controller board, the industry is moving towards controller board which depends less on processing power from the PC.