Raspberry Pi: Specs and Review of Cheapest computer

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has developed “ultra-low-cost” credit card sized computer, Raspberry Pi for students. This mini-computer can be plugged into your TV and a keyboard. The aim of the foundation for developing this computer is to promote computer science study in schools. David Braben has developed the Model A of the company to encourage youngsters those who are interested in starting a career in technology and for people who don’t have enough money to buy an expensive computer. It will be available for public in January, 2012 in 2 models: Model A & B. The price of Model A & B will be $25 (£16) and $35 (£22) respectively.

Raspberry Pi: Specs and Review of Cheapest computer

“Model A” will feature 1 USB port, 128 MiB memory and no Ethernet controller while “Model B” will have 2 USB ports, 256 MiB memory and a 10/100 Ethernet controller. Both the models weigh 45g and measure 85.60mm x 53.98mm x 17mm. The Raspberry Pi will support the operating systems like Debian GNU/Linux, Arch Linux and Fedora. As it is ARM-based computer, users can’t run Windows on it. You can connect a mouse, network adapters, keyboards and external storage with the help of a USB hub.

Other features of this cheapest computer are ARM11 processor of 700 MHz, 3.5mm audio jack or HDMI, powered by 5v micro USB /GPIO header as well as uses the Broadcom BCM2835 chipset. This computer will be available throughout the world after the launch. You cannot pre-order this device but you are able to sign up with raspberrypi.org to get confirmed release date through email. You can order only 1 computer at a time.

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