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Rasperry Pi: The smallest computer in production?



/ 6 years ago

A computer the size of two twenty pence coins; that is what the team at the RaspberryPi foundation have created. The computer has all the necessary components integrated into it to function like a normal computer. It also has a HDMI output for connecting to a monitor and a USB slot for connecting the mouse and keyboard to.

The USB computer is expected to cost around £15/$25 to produce. The specifications of the computer are impressive given its size:

  • 700MHz ARM11
  • 128MB of SDRAM
  • OpenGL ES 2.0
  • 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
  • Composite and HDMI video output
  • USB 2.0
  • SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
  • General-purpose I/O
  • Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)

David Braben is the promoter of this scheme and he says that the aim of this is to provide widespread access to a computer in its simplest form and help reverse a trend where the number of UK students taking computer science has declined by nearly 50%.

It is hoped that it will re-stimulate interest in programming, coding and other advanced ICT skills school qualifications just currently cannot deliver.



  • ASadhra

    Saw this on Toms Hardware a while ago, really hope to see this go mainstream.

  • ocd13

    I want one :cool:who do I contact lol

  • TanveerBaloch

    How much power does it consumes?How long we've to wait for these products?:confused::confused:

  • Dean Oldfield

    How do we get our hands on one of these! Already getting a chromebook, want one of these bad boys too 😛

  • cyborg

    Any information on when these are ready to buy ? =]

  • ryanmartin

    I believe they are currently still in development and will not be ready for mass retail until late 2011 to mid 2012 🙁

  • ocd13

    I dont get it, the developer mentioned that it has been made to get more people interested in computer science so why mass produce them? If his intentions are true why not sell it as a diy kit or at least have that option. I wouldnt have a clue but I would love to give it a go if I knew the parts neededAnt

  • aruffell

    ocd13;17058 wrote: I dont get it, the developer mentioned that it has been made to get more people interested in computer science so why mass produce them? If his intentions are true why not sell it as a diy kit or at least have that option. I wouldnt have a clue but I would love to give it a go if I knew the parts neededAnt

    That would involve soldering etc…. and i guess the risk factor then comes into it.