Rob got Raspberry Pi yesterday, it took 2 weeks to come to US.
Finally arrived in a rather large box. The whole computer Raspberry Pi is smaller than iPhone!
It measures 85.60mm x 53.98mm x 17mm and it weighs 45g.
It cost $35 and the red enclosure is $6.40.
So there you are you have no excuse not to have a desktop :) It is very affordable.
Although I must admit I did not find much HDMI monitor less than $120 yet.
So if there is a HDMI monitor for a reasonable price the whole computer can be a dream machine for any student.
I loved it, now I want one…
If you never heard of what Raspberry Pi is is here us a quick summary:
Raspberry Pi is a small computer that you can connect to a TV, keyboard and mouse, therefore you will be able to surf the web, play Full-HD movies and do almost anything you would do any other computer.
To boot the Pi you will be using Linux operating system. The Raspberry Pi Foundation recommends Debian, but it will work with any Linux distribution too.
You can download Debian and a few others from the Pi Web site.
More info about Raspberry Pi read here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs
Where can you buy Raspberry Pi?
You can buy the Raspberry Pi through Premier Farnell/Element 14 and RS Components. Both distributors sell all over the world.
Raspberry Pi powered by the Broadcom BCM2835 system-on-a-chip (SoC).
This SoC includes a 32-bit ARM1176JZFS processor, clocked at 700MHz, and a Videocore IV GPU.
256MB of RAM in a POP package above the SoC.
You can also power by a 5V micro USB AC charger or at least 4 AA batteries Raspberry Pi.
More spec details about Raspberry Pi Model A and Model B here:
|Model A||Model B|
|Target price:||USD $25 (GBP £16)||USD $35 (GBP £22)|
|SoC:||Broadcom BCM2835 (CPU + GPU + DSP + SDRAM)|
|CPU:||700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S core (ARM11 family)|
|GPU:||Broadcom VideoCore IV, OpenGL ES 2.0, 1080p30 h.264/MPEG-4 AVC high-profile decoder|
|Memory (SDRAM):||256 MB (shared with GPU)|
|USB 2.0 ports:||1||2 (via integrated USB hub)|
|Video outputs:||Composite RCA (PAL & NTSC), HDMI (rev 1.3 & 1.4), raw LCD Panels via DSI, 14 HDMI resolutions from 640×350 to 1920×1200 plus various PAL and NTSC standards.|
|Audio outputs:||3.5 mm jack, HDMI|
|Onboard storage:||SD / MMC / SDIO card slot|
|Onboard network:||None||10/100 Ethernet|
|Low-level peripherals:||8 x GPIO, UART, I²C bus, SPI bus with two chip selects, +3.3 V, +5 V, Ground|
|Power ratings:||500 mA (2.5 W)||700 mA (3.5 W)|
|Power source:||5 volt via MicroUSB or optional GPIO header|
|Size:||85.60 × 53.98 mm (3.370 × 2.125 in)|
|Supported operating systems:||OpenELEC, Raspbmc, XBian, Raspbian, Debian GNU/Linux, Fedora, Arch Linux, RISC OS|