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Monday, 28 November 2011 03:01
Raspberry Pi is $25 Micro Computer
Raspberry Pi Foundation, a UK registered charity group has come out with a very interesting product. It is a credit card sized computer that can play 1080p30 H.264 videos and is designed to plug into a TV or be combined with a touch screen for a low cost tablet while only costing as cheap as $25.
The product houses a 700 MHz Broadcom BCM2835 media processor featuring an ARM11 (ARM1176JZF-S) core, Broadcom GPU core, DSP core and support for Package-on-Package (PoP) RAM. There are actually two models and that is the 128MB RAM model available for $25 and the 256MB RAM model available for $35. Considering this day and age, there is a bigger possibility that people will go for the 256MB model although of course the 128MB is just as tempting to play around with especially with a lot of Linux distros offering very minimal system requirements.
The product actually resembles the same idea with FXI’s Cotton Candy which we were able to cover last week. The big difference is that this credit card sized micro-computer actually comes very cheap due to also being less powerful and is intended mainly to be an ultra-low-cost computer, for use in teaching computer programming to children. However, given the potential of the product, we do think that it will be used for more than that and may even be the basis for future products.
The tiny computer is expected to be available in December in UK and possibly in the US also. Those who are interested can head on to www.raspberrypi.org for more details including benchmarks. Below are the specification details of the product:
- 700 MHz Broadcom BCM2835 media processor featuring an ARM11 (ARM1176JZF-S) core, Broadcom GPU core, DSP core and support for Package-on-Package (PoP) RAM
- 128 MB (Model A) or 256MB of SDRAM (Model B), stacked on top of the CPU as a PoP device
- OpenGL ES 2.0
- 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
- Composite and HDMI video output
- One USB 2.0 port provided by the BCM2835
- SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
- General-purpose I/O (About 16 3v3) and various other interfaces, brought out to 1.27 mm pin-strip
- Optional integrated 2-port USB hub and 10/100 Ethernet controller (Model B)
- Open software (Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)
- Capability to support various expansion boards