Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer with an ARM processor that can run Linux. This item is the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B , which has 1 GB of RAM, an Ethernet port, HDMI output, audio output, RCA composite video output (through the 3.5 mm jack), four USB ports, and 0.1″-spaced pins that...


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Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, top view

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, bottom view


The Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer. The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B is the second generation Raspberry Pi. It is based on the BCM2836 system-on-chip (SoC), which includes an quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor and a powerful GPU. The Raspberry Pi supports various distributions of Linux including Debian, Fedora, and Arch Linux.

The Raspberry Pi was designed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation in order to provide an affordable platform for experimentation and education in computer programming. The Raspberry Pi can be used for many of the things that a normal desktop PC does, including word-processing, spreadsheets, high-definition video, games, and programming. USB devices such as keyboards and mice can be connected via the board’s four USB ports. Over five million Raspberry Pis have been sold, and lots of resources for the Raspberry Pi are available online.

The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B has the same form factor and connector locations as the older Raspberry Pi Model B+ and the newer Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. It has an ARMv7 processor, which means it can run the full range of ARM GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as Microsoft Windows 10.

With its 0.1″-spaced GPIO header and small size, the Raspberry Pi also works as a programmable controller in a wide variety of robotics and electronics applications. It can also be combined with our A-Star 32U4 Robot Controller LV with Raspberry Pi Bridge to make a great controller for a small robot. We also carry a selection of Raspberry Pi expansion boards.

Driving motors with an A-Star 32U4 Robot Controller LV with Raspberry Pi Bridge on a Raspberry Pi Model B+ or Pi 2 Model B

Driving motors with a #2756 dual motor driver on a on a Raspberry Pi Model B+ or Pi 2 Model B. A step-down regulator provides 5 V to the Raspberry Pi


  • 900 MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • VideoCore IV 3D graphics core
  • Ethernet port
  • Four USB ports
  • Full-size HDMI output
  • Four-pole 3.5 mm jack with audio output and composite video output
  • 40-pin GPIO header with 0.1″-spaced male pins that are compatible with our 2×20 stackable female headers and the female ends of our premium jumper wires.
  • Camera interface (CSI)
  • Display interface (DSI)
  • Micro SD card slot

Translucent Enclosure for Raspberry Pi Model B+ with a Raspberry Pi board (not included) inside

What you will need

To use the Raspberry Pi, you will need a few additional things that are not included:

  • A 5 V power source with a micro USB connector. We recommend this 5 VDC 1 A wall power adaptor and a USB A-to-Micro-B cable.
  • A microSD card with an operating system on it, which also serves as the main storage for the device.
  • Input and output devices, such as a keyboard and monitor.

You might also consider getting a case to house and protect your Raspberry Pi, such as the Translucent Enclosure for Raspberry Pi B+, 2 B, and 3 B.

While the Raspberry Pi is powered from a 5 V supply, it operates at a 3.3 V logic level and its pins are not 5V-tolerant. Connecting higher voltages, like 5 V, directly to an I/O pin could damage the board. We recommend you use something like our bidirectional logic level shifter to interface this board with 5V systems.

For more information about the Raspberry Pi, see the technical, help, and resource documents on the Raspberry Pi website.

Comparing Raspberry Pi models

The table below shows some key features and specifications of the Raspberry Pi boards to help you choose the right one for your application.

Raspberry Pi
Model A+

Raspberry Pi
Model B+

Raspberry Pi 2
Model B

Raspberry Pi 3
Model B
CPU: BCM2835 BCM2836 BCM2837
CPU cores: 1 4
CPU speed: 700 MHz 900 MHz 1.2 GHz
RAM: 256 MB 512 MB 1 GB
Ethernet: No Yes
WiFi: No 802.11n
Bluetooth: No 4.1
Bluetooth Low Energy: No Yes
Analogue video: Yes1
SD socket: microSD
Onboard regulators: switching
Expansion header pins: 40
USB ports: 1 4
Mounting holes: 4
Dimensions2: 2.5″ × 2.2″ × 0.47″ 3.35″ × 2.2″ × 0.8″
Weight3: 23 g 42 g

1 Audio and analogue video provided by a single four-pole 3.5 mm jack. This 3.5 mm jack also has its own dedicated low-noise power supply for improved audio.

2 Length and width measurements are for the PCB only; several of the connectors extend past the edge of the board.

3 Weight does not include microSD cards.

Raspberry Pi is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.



Size: 3.35″ × 2.2″ × 0.8″1
Weight: 42 g

General specifications

Processor: BCM2836
RAM size: 1 Gbytes


Length and width are for the PCB only; several of the connectors extend past the edge of the board.


Recommended links

Technical, help and resource documents for the Raspberry Pi
This listing of useful resources from the Raspberry Pi foundation includes a quick-start guide, tutorials, datasheets, and schematics.
Raspberry Pi Resources
Free resources to teach, learn, and make with Raspberry Pi.
Python library for the Pololu DRV8835 Dual Motor Driver Kit for Raspberry Pi
This Python library for the Raspberry Pi makes it easy to interface with Pololu’s DRV8835 dual motor driver kit and use it to drive a pair of brushed DC motors. An example program is included with the library.
PiBot-B: mobile robot with a Raspberry Pi
This robot uses a Raspberry Pi and Zumo Chassis Kit and can be remotely controlled over WiFi from an iPhone. The page is written in German, but it has a link at the top to translate it into English using Google Translate. We also wrote about the PiBot-B in our blog.
RTIMULib IMU library for embedded Linux systems
RTIMULib, written by richards-tech, is a library for embedded Linux systems designed to make it easy to interface with an IMU and get Kalman-filtered orientation estimates. It works with our MinIMU-9 v3, AltIMU-10 v3, and AltIMU-10 v4 (as well as the older MinIMU-9 v2 and AltIMU-10), and it includes two demo programs that aid in testing and calibrating the sensors. Instructions are provided for setting up RTIMULib on a Raspberry Pi.
Orientation sensing with the Raspberry Pi and MinIMU-9 v2
This project explains how to connect our MinIMU-9 v2 (or AltIMU-10) sensor board to a Raspberry Pi and use it to sense orientation. It includes a video, wiring instructions, and code.
Raspberry Pi – Real Time Control via Android HTML5
Demo code to do web-based real time control of the Pololu Micro Maestro 6 channel servo controller using the Raspberry Pi and the Tornado web server. By MartinSant, November 2012.
Raspberry Pi Telepresence Rover
This tank rover streams video to and can be controlled from a web browser. All rover functions are controlled directly by the Raspberry Pi with no additional microcontrollers. It uses our Pololu 30T Track Set, idler wheels, 150:1 Micro Metal Gearmotor MP, DRV8835 Dual Motor Driver Carrier, and Pololu Step-Down Voltage Regulator D15V35F5S3. By Michael Shimniok, April 2013.
Raspberry Pi-based State Poster Project
Emma, a 2nd grader, put together this creative tri-fold poster of Vermont. She uses the Pololu Step-Down Voltage Regulator and a Pololu Pushbutton Power Switch SV. February 2013.
Example LSM303D Python v2 script for Raspberry Pi
This Python v2 example for the Raspberry Pi reads and prints the accelerometer and magnetometer data from the LSM303D 3D Compass and Accelerometer Carrier.