3 reviews

Raspberry Pi

$35.00 Released August, 2012

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Quiet, no moving parts. Extremely low cost Linux computer starting at $35. Vibrant hacker community. Share your creations with the world.

The Cons:The true cost is more once you add a case $20, USB power cable $5, and SD card $7.

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer board that plugs into a TV and a keyboard. It’s a miniature ARM-based PC which can be used for many of the things that a desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games.

Product Shot 2 It also plays High-Definition video. The Raspberry Pi model B board is supplied as the board only, and comes without operating system, SD card, power supply, keyboard, case or cables.

The newest Raspberry Pi Model B offers double the memory of the previous model at the same great price. 512 MB means that graphics, multimedia, and network performance have all improved. Add new connector pins, a reset circuit, technical fixes, and mounting holes, and the Raspberry Pi you already love just got even better. 
Raspberry Pi Linux Specs
  • SoC Broadcom BCM2835 (CPU, GPU, DSP, and 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): 512 Megabytes (MiB)
  • Video outputs: Composite RCA, HDMI
  • Audio outputs: 3.5 mm jack, HDMI
  • Onboard storage: SD, MMC, SDIO card slot
  • 10/100 Ethernet RJ45 onboard network
  • Storage via SD/ MMC/ SDIO card slot

Product Information

  •  Silicon Manufacturer: Broadcom
  •  Core Architecture: ARM
  •  Core Sub-Architecture: ARM11
  •  Silicon Core Number: BCM2835
  •  Kit Contents: Board Only
  •  RoHS Compliant: Yes
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Raspberry Pi 512MB Highlights: 

• i2s mod: Raspberry Pi has three independent i2s busses running on it. The decision to swap the two that are surfaced to P1 and S5 means the i2c available for expansion is less busy and more reliable. This allows the user to have a higher quality digital audio signal. 

• USB output fuses removed: allows greater capacity to power external USB devices. 

• Version ID links and Additional Expansion: Version ID links were included to read version ID, but are not ever used. Instead they have been redeployed to add extra 4 x programmable I/O lines. 

• Current leakage from HDMI port: Fixed problem with CEC line in HDMI interface. 

• New mounting holes: These can be used to properly mount the Pi in an enclosure or other rig. Note - Users risk damaging their Pi if they over tighten any retaining screws they choose to use. 

User Reviews (3)

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    Quiet, no moving parts

  • 1

    Extremely low cost Linux computer starting at $35

  • 1

    Vibrant hacker community. Share your creations with the world

  • 1

    Great learning tool for kids getting into programming and computers

  • 1

    Low power consumption

  • 2

    The true cost is more once you add a case $20, USB power cable $5, and SD card $7.

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