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Charity foundation to launch £16 GBP Raspberry Pi computer

by Steven Mostyn - Feb 9 2012, 21:53

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In an effort to make modern computing accessible to people all over the planet, UK charity the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced that its incredibly cheap Raspberry Pi mini PC will launch on February 20.

Although slipping somewhat from its prior launch date of February 8, the baseline credit card-sized computer system will come equipped with a 700MHz Broadcom ARM-based system-on-a-chip, 128MBs of RAM, and a single USB port—for just £16 GBP.

Those looking for a little teeny weenie bit more oomph can instead choose a different configuration that has the same processing platform but boasts 256MBs of RAM, two USB ports, and a 10/100 Ethernet—for a pocket-testing £22 GBP.

Best described as more of a cheap-and-cheerful motherboard that measures just 86x54mm, the Raspberry Pi functions by connecting to a host TV, at which point it can be used for basic tasks such as word processing, watching HD video content, and playing simple games.

“Developing countries are interested in [using] the Raspberry Pi as productivity devices in areas that simple can’t afford the power and hardware needed to run a traditional desktop PC,” commented the foundation via its official blog.

“Hospitals and museums have contacted us to find out about using the Raspberry Pi to drive display devices,” it added. “Parents of severely disabled kids have talked to us about monitoring [sic] accessibility applications; and there seem to be a million and one people out there with hot soldering irons who want to make a robot.”

According to the foundation, the system has also received “enormous interest, support and help from the educational community,” and it has been “delighted and a little humbled” by enquiries made by agencies and people far beyond the hardware’s target demographic.

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