It’s hard to believe… 25 bucks (16€) for a micro computer base able to do what a PC do, according to Eben Upton, one of six Cambridge-based creators in UK. It’s quite understandable that the company Raspberry Pi is actually out of stock. The computer case measure 3.35 by 2.13 inches (85mm by 54mm), about the size of a credit card.
Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity organization created 6 years ago by Eben Upton. This computer was made to help young students to get a computer to learn to program with it.
As per Wikipedia, the design is based around a Broadcom BCM2835 system on a chip (SoC), which includes an ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor, VideoCore IV GPU, and 256 Megabytes of RAM. The design does not include a built-in hard disk or solid-state drive, instead relying on an SD card for booting and long-term storage.
There is 2 models: Model A has one USB port and no Ethernet controller, and will cost $25 (19€ or £16), while Model B has two USB ports and a 10/100 Ethernet controller and costs $35 (26€ or £22). Though the Model A doesn’t have an RJ45 Ethernet port, it can connect to a network by using a user-supplied USB Ethernet or Wi-Fi adapter. Generic USB keyboards and mice are compatible with the Raspberry Pi. Sales of the Model B has start february 29th, 2012 : Model A will be release sometime later.
To get an idea of the power of this configuration, Wired.co.uk think that the Raspberry Pi is as powerfully as a Pentium II computer. A quick look at a pre-production Raspberry Pi board and in particular the video output capabilities, showing an HD video running in Linux from an SD card was made by an analyst named Andy Piper (see the video below) : It looks good!
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