Raspberry Pi 2 Launches With Quad-Core ARM SoC

Written by Michael Larabel in Raspberry Pi on 2 February 2015 at 07:54 AM EST. 51 Comments
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the release of the Raspberry Pi 2, their first multi-core, ARMv7 single board computer.

The Raspberry Pi 2 is ARMv7-based (finally no more ARMv6!), sports a 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 that's about six times faster than the original RPi, has 1GB of LPDDR2 SDRAM, and is compatible with the original Raspberry Pi.

The new ARM SoC powering the Raspberry Pi 2 is the Broadcom BCM2836.

The Raspberry Pi 2 is priced at $35 USD. More details on the new Raspberry Pi 2 can be found via the Raspberry Pi blog. Given that it's ARMv7 and can run more software, I'll look at likely delivering some Linux performance benchmarks shortly for the RPi2.
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