There is a new computer on the market called the Raspberry Pi. I’ve been watching this project for quite some and am excited to see it finally being sold. The Raspberry Pi was created by the not-for-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation in the UK.
The computer itself comes in 2 different versions, Model A for $25 and Model B for $35. They are basically the same except Model B includes a NIC port and an extra USB port.
- Broadcom BCM2835. This contains an ARM1176JZFS, with floating point, running at 700Mhz, and a Videocore 4 GPU
- 256 Mb RAM
- SD Card Slot
- USB Port
- HDMI Port
- Composite TV Port
- 3.5 mm Jack (audio)
- No Power Supply
They have entered into a manufacturing and distributing contract with Premier Farnell and RS Components. In the US, that means you can get them from Newark and Allied Electronics respectively. Currently, the Raspberry Pi is being sold without a case, but that may change in the future.
The GPU has H.264 hardware acceleration built in which will allow you to watch high-def movies on it by just hooking up a TV with the HDMI port.
The whole computer is around the size of a business card and runs Linux! This makes it perfect for our projects around here.