AAPL Stock: 118.03 ( -0.85 )

Printed from

Raspberry Pi board-sized PC close to shipping

updated 10:25 pm EST, Tue December 27, 2011

Launch date still unclear.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced that its tiny PCs are finally nearing full production. The group is showing off the Raspberry Pi populated PCBs that are currently being used as the first run of beta devices, as project team members continue to test the hardware and software ahead of a public launch.

If all the boards from this batch perform well in testing, we'll be auctioning ten of them off," said Raspberry Pi volunteer Liz Upton. "I can tell you that so far, they've been as solid as a rock, but we're not counting our chickens before they've been hatched and inspected in very great detail to make sure that they are not mutant lizards."

The project aims to produce a PC that is approximately the size of a thumb drive, connected via USB and HDMI. The creator envisions the small computers as great for educational use, enabling students to engage in programming experiments.

The hardware centers around a 700MHz ARM11 processor paired with 128MB of RAM and a Linux-based operating system. Customers will also be able to purchase an upgraded version with an additional USB port, an Ethernet port, and double the RAM.

A solid launch date for the Raspberry Pi PCs has yet to be announced. The group suggests the prices will start at $25 for the basic model.

by MacNN Staff



Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented