The Raspberry Pi Foundation today unveiled the second-generation of its single-board cheap computer. The Raspberry Pi 2 will have more processing power than the original, but it will still cost $35 (approximately Rs. 2205) . At the same time, Microsoft has announced Windows 10 support for Pi 2 at no added cost.
The original Raspberry Pi microcomputer made its debut in 2012. That device sold close to 4.5 million units. With the second-generation device has as a faster CPU and more memory than its predecessor, which could make it a true PC replacement, said Eben Upton, founder of Raspberry Pi Foundation.
"This is obviously fantastic news for Raspberry Pi - in terms of performance it takes us over the line into being a 'real' PC you could use for web browsing and productivity applications," Eben said
Raspberry Pi 2 - which ships today - is an uncased small sized computer that could be held in one hand, with all the important components on one board. It comes with a quad-core processor clocked at 900MHz with ARMv7 processor and 1GB of RAM. Other notable features include four USB ports, more GPIO pins, and microSD card slot. For network connectivity, the Pi comes with 10/100Mbps Ethernet support.
Interestingly, Microsoft confirmed that its latest Windows 10 OS will run on Pi 2. "We are excited about our work with the Raspberry Pi Foundation and to share that Windows 10 will support Raspberry Pi 2," wrote Kevin Dallas, General Manager, Windows IoT Group in a blogpost. The company also announced that Windows 10 will be free for the Maker community through the Windows Developer Program for IoT."
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