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Performance boost for new 512MB Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi gets performance boost with new 512MB version

element14 has announced the availability of a new 512MB version of the Raspberry Pi computer board.

Now with double the ram, the higher performance board is targeted at multimedia, high memory and mobile applications. It is also capable of running Android 4.0, opening the board up to the Android developer community.

"We have been amazed at just how successful the first generation Raspberry Pi board has been, and the new version will open up even more possibilities," said Premier Farnell's Mike Buffham. "The extra memory also enables higher performance applications and services - there is real potential to do things like add a touchscreen, then a power back and suddenly the Pi becomes mobile.

Available now at a cost of £35 (the same as the previous board), the Raspberry Pi 512MB will initially be sold in one uncased configuration – which has two usb ports, 512MB of ram, hdmi port, sd memory card slot and an Ethernet port.

"The success of the first board has been outstanding and we've loved seeing some of the innovative applications and uses that people have been sharing," said Eben Upton, co founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. "The next generation device opens up new possibilities, and can help open up the vast potential developer community. We're already seeing people starting to develop their own applications and use the Raspberry Pi in ways we would have never thought possible."

Laura Hopperton

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