A cheap computer was an outrageous dream for geeks and everyone else, but a few genius folks succeeded in turning this dream into reality in the form of Raspberry Pi.
Raspberry Pi, a Linux-based board, was an instant hit among geeks, and this mini-computer certainly managed to leave us impressed. The computer board, about the size of a credit card, is not only small but also cheap and usable.
A Raspberry Pi computer board is priced in the range of $25 to $35.
As geeks may know, Raspberry Pi board can help young kids learn more about programming and explore the world of electronics. But it’s not just limited to kids though. Anyone can do wonders with Raspberry Pi, assuming they know how to hack on a Linux-based board. For instance, here’s how Ben was able to build a retro computer through his $35 board:
Note: The video is 15-minute long.
Current model of Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi comes in several models. The model B is already here, while we still wait for the model A to come out. This model B was previously powered with 256MB of RAM — this was slightly enough to run applications but not good enough to run big apps.
However, the folks at Raspberry Pi have enhanced the memory from 256MB to 512MB at no additional cost.
This naturally means, starting today, the Raspberry Pi model B will be shipped with 512 MB of RAM and the price will remain unchanged at $35. If you have ordered the product from the official website, then you will receive the new beefed up unit within 3 weeks.
As posted on the Raspberry Pi blog:
We’re pleased to announce that from today all Model B Raspberry Pis will ship with 512MB of RAM as standard. If you have an outstanding order with either distributor, you will receive the upgraded device in place of the 256MB version you ordered. Units should start arriving in customers’ hands today, and we will be making a firmware upgrade available in the next couple of days to enable access to the additional memory.
Element 14 (former Farnell) is the only authorized Raspberry Pi distributors.
As of now, 400,000 Raspberry Pi boards have been shipped and Eben, founder of Raspberry Pi Foundation, believes over 1 million Raspberry Pi units will be sold within the next 12 months.
There are similar boards like Raspberry Pi, but none of them are available at such a cheap price. The 512MB model makes room for richer applications to run smoothly, including the possibility of running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
- SoC Broadcom BCM2835 (CPU, GPU, DSP, and SDRAM)
- CPU: 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S core (ARM11 family)
- GPU: Broadcom VideoCore IV, OpenGL ES 2.0, 1080p30 h.264/MPEG-4 AVC high-profile decoder
- Memory (SDRAM): 512 Megabytes (MiB)
- Video outputs: Composite RCA, HDMI
- Audio outputs: 3.5 mm jack, HDMI
- Onboard storage: SD, MMC, SDIO card slot
- 10/100 Ethernet RJ45 onboard network
- Storage via SD/ MMC/ SDIO card slot
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