Designer creating new versions of Raspberry Pi

Designer creating new versions of Raspberry Pi

Summary: The $35 mini-Linux computer is off to a great start and its designer plans for more.

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TOPICS: Hardware, Processors
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Raspberry Pi (Credit: Raspberry Pi Foundation)

Raspberry hardware designer Pete Lomas syas the current $35 credit-card sized Linux computer could get a RAM boost. The 'Model B' that is currently on sale has just 256MB of onboard memory.

"We are looking at the possibility of a Model B+ with additional RAM, but the costs do not look promising and unless we really run out of space for the cool stuff people want to do then it will be a while," Lomas said in a Q&A published on Wednesday.

There is already a second version of the Raspberry Pi in the works, the 'Model A', but that iteration will have half the RAM of the Model B, which is one reason it will cost an even-cheaper $25.

For more on this story, read Raspberry Pi designer hints at future version on ZDNet UK.

Topics: Hardware, Processors

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  • The Model A now has 256MB of RAM

    The two models will now have the same amount of RAM, 256MB.
    paulofisch
    • RAM

      Is 256MB enough to run a browser to stream online video on a Raspi
      raspiboy
  • String 100 of them together, and get a supercomputer, with 100 cpus,

    and 25.6 gigabytes of main memory, and you're still spending about $2500, which is still less than people pay for a high-end computer with 4 or 6 cores (admittedly without the monitor and storage and graphics, etc). Still, a very good bargain. Then, if there is a discount for bulk purchasing, the price goes down even further.
    adornoe
  • What OS would you or could you use on that string of 100 cpu's

    What OS would you or could you use on that string of 100 cpu's
    and what would it compare to in the real world of super computing or is this just a pipe dream .... I'd like to see that happen..
    randy_j00@...
    • Linux, it's been done before.

      Not that I know how. I'm just sayin'...
      mlashinsky@...
  • How 'bout, Linux?

    http://www.computeractive.co.uk/ca/news/2157012/linux-operating-raspberry-pi-ready-download

    Sure, it's probably not equipped for multiple cpu processing, but, give it time and enterprising minds, and, we'll have supercomputing capabilities on our fingertips pretty soon.

    If the Raspberry Pi developers continue work on it, there will also be OS development to match it, along with applications.

    http://www.google.com/#q=raspberry+pi+os+download&hl=en&prmd=imvns&ei=wwhtT-7JJ6OLsgKHo6nlBQ&start=10&sa=N&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=61ced53140c9a9e9&biw=1920&bih=887


    raspberry pi os download
    adornoe
  • 100 CPUs! (Or More)

    You can use OpenMP probably. And yes, Linux is fine for that.
    AllTheNamesAreTaken