February 5, 2013
New Stripped-Down Raspberry Pi Now Available For $25
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced yesterday they will finally be able to make good on a promise made when they first began selling credit card-sized computers: They will now begin selling one of their Raspberry Pi pocket computers for $25.
This cheaper model — simplistically dubbed the Model A — is nothing more than a stripped down Model B with only one USB port, no onboard ethernet port, and only 256 megabytes of RAM. However, these modest reductions in features were enough to reduce the price by $10 from the previous model, delivering a powerful, pocket-size computer for about the same price as a pair of movie tickets.
“Stripping down the Model A means it has two important differences from the Model B,” writes Liz Upton, community manager for the Raspberry Pi Foundation in a recent blog post. “We can make it ten dollars cheaper, at $25; and it consumes roughly a third of the power of the Model B, which is of key importance to those of you wanting to run projects from a battery or solar power: robots, sensor platforms in remote locations, WiFi repeaters attached to the local bus stop and so forth.”
Upton also points out earlier 256-megabyte Model B units had shown they were capable of running the free open-source media player XMBC, making them super cheap and portable media centers. She expects the $25 Model A Raspberry Pi units to perform just as well.
These newer, cheaper Raspberry Pis are already available in Europe through the online electronics retailer RS. Customers outside of Europe can order them through Allied Electronics, although Upton said there will likely be a slight delay in these orders.
“We´re waiting on some paperwork before the Pis can be shipped. Once these issues are sorted, these Model A Pis will begin shipping immediately.”
Since its debut, the Raspberry Pi mini-computer has been popular among coders, tinkerers and all manner of DIY types. Initially, the company was only able to produce a very limited number of units per day and was unable to meet the high demand from eager consumers. In July, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced they were finally able to increase production to 4,000 units a day. Previously they had to restrict sales to one Pi per customer.
The combination of processing power with such a small footprint has led Raspberry Pi users to do some pretty extraordinary things with these computers. Not only have they been used to power media centers, they´ve also been used to power old school gaming units, time lapse cameras and even a supercomputer built entirely out of Pis and Legos.
Raspberry Pi users can even access their own app store to buy applications for their Pis or submit their own code to the marketplace.
“We are very, very pleased to finally be able to offer you a computer for $25,” says Upton. “It´s what we said we´d do all along, and we can´t wait to see what you do with it.”