Raspberry Pi's ARM Powered Linux Computer Enters Manufacturing

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2012 - 05:15 AM |
Tagged: Raspberry Pi, linux, computer, arm

The UK based charity behind the Raspberry Pi Linux computer, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, announced in a blog post that the two ARM 11 powered Linux computers have entered the manufacturing stage and are that much closer to going on sale. The two models, Raspberry Pi A and B, will be $35 and $25 respectively. The difference between the tow models is that the cheaper model A board has half the RAM at 128 MB and lacks an Ethernet port. Both models have an HDMI and analog RCA video output along with a USB port to attach a mouse and keyboard.

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The charity elaborated that while they tried to find a manufacturing partner in the UK, they ran into cost and logistical issues. Specifically, tax and import laws in the UK requires any electronic components to be subject to import tax, making importing components into the UK and manufacturing it from within an expensive proposition. The Raspberry Pi Foundation was able to find a manufacturing plant that could produce computers for them at or above break even prices; however, they would not be able to produce enough units to meet demand- only a few hundred instead of the estimated 10,000 units the charity wanted. Further, because the manufacturing plants could only produce a few hundred units a month the release date would be months away instead of the 3 to 4 week turnaround offered by Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturing plants.

In the end, the charity chose to produce the Raspberry Pi computers outside of the UK in order to keep costs down and meet the release and quantity expectations. They will then use the savings to invest in further research and development and expanding the organization.

Are you guys going to purchase the Raspberry Pi computer when it comes out?

 

Source: Raspberry Pi
January 13, 2012 | 04:42 PM - Posted by lunawolfe (not verified)

Absolutely. This is something that is both amazing and also for a decent cause. looking forward to getting two model B's when you can finally order.

February 20, 2012 | 07:17 PM - Posted by Dan Sullivan (not verified)

This one model could jump start a stagnant PC design frame of mind, this could be the smart interface needed on so many devices. Even if that never occurs, this would make a great htpc mobo, once we get past a gig of memory.

I will attempt to get one and try to push it to an htpc/cruncher/idling gamer with Linux of some sort. Could really rock the pc industry and sucker punch the entrenched manufacturers.

I sincerely hope the best and put me on your but list and tell me how to place an order.

Regards
Casca Fugio Longinus

February 29, 2012 | 05:02 AM - Posted by Waqas Rasheed (not verified)

Thumbs up! Fantastic innovation in this field contributing to society better than ever.

June 21, 2012 | 01:46 AM - Posted by Greg241 (not verified)

How does one connect a display to it?
Anything that has HDMI?

Can it be use for a private cloud?
Is this the way of the future?

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