Raspberry Pi boards set to go on sale

Raspberry Pi boards set to go on sale

Summary: Raspberry Pi open-source Linux computers will go on sale at £16 before the end of February, the project said on Monday."We have a date for the first batch: the boards will be finished on February 20," team member Liz Upton wrote in a blog post.

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Raspberry Pi open-source Linux computers will go on sale at £16 before the end of February, the project said on Monday.

"We have a date for the first batch: the boards will be finished on February 20," team member Liz Upton wrote in a blog post. "We'll be airfreighting them to the UK immediately, so you should be able to buy them before the end of the month."

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The boards, which are designed to inspire children to learn how to program, were originally due to roll off the Chinese production line in January. However, problems sourcing a quartz crystal package had delayed things, Upton wrote.

The first generation of $25 (£16) Raspberry Pi boards use a 700MHz ARM processor within a Broadcom BCM2835 system-on-a-chip (SoC) and have a single USB port and 128MB of memory. For a further $10 people can get a version with two USB ports, 10/100 ethernet and 256MB of memory.

Also on Monday the Raspberry Pi project released a datasheet for the Broadcom SoC (PDF).

"Initiatives like the Raspberry Pi scheme will give children the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of programming with their own credit card-sized, single board computers," Michael Gove, the education minister, said in January. "This is a great example of the cutting edge of education technology happening right here in the UK."

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  • Your details are wrong. The version currently being made is the one with 2 USB ports, 256MB RAM and a network port. This is the Model B.

    The 128MB, 1 USB port, no ethernet Model A will not be available until later.
    mike40g123