Raspberry Pi has been making the rounds since its announcement in February 29, 2012. Such was the reaction of geeks around the world that the makers’ website as well as those of the two official online stores selling them buckled under the sheer number of visitors. For a time, it even became more popular than Lady Gaga. Yet few people in the Philippines know about this US$35 computer making the rounds.
Raspberry Pi was originally conceived as a tiny, cheap computer for kids. The computer is about the size of a credit card. It measures 85.60mm x 53.98mm x 17mm, with a little overlap for the SD card and connectors which project over the edges. The thing weighs a mere 45 grams.
For such a small footprint, the guys behind the project did an amazing job putting the following specs in it:
|System-on-a-chip (SoC)||Broadcom BCM2835 (CPU, GPU, DSP, and SDRAM)|
|CPU||700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S core (ARM11 family)|
|GPU||Broadcom VideoCore IV, OpenGL ES 2.0, 1080p30 h.264/MPEG-4 AVC high-profile decoder|
|Memory||256 Megabytes (shared with GPU)|
|Video outputs||Composite RCA (PAL & NTSC), HDMI (rev 1.3 & 1.4) , raw LCD Panels via DSI|
14 HDMI resolutions from 640 x 350 to 1920×1200 plus various PAL and NTSC standards
|Audio outputs||3.5 mm jack, HDMI|
|Onboard storage||SD / MMC / SDIO card slot|
|Power source||5 volt via MicroUSB or GPIO header|
Oh right! There are two models available. What’s out right now is Model B (which of course means that there’s a Model A). The differences between the two models are minimal though:
|Model A||Model B|
|USB 2.0 ports||1||2|
|Onboard network||none||10/100 Ethernet (RJ45)|
|Power ratings||500 mA (2.5 W)||700 mA (3.5 W)|
Can you run Windows on it? Unless Windows can run on an ARM processor, the answer is no. (Well, Windows 8 will run on ARM… Iiinteresting… -Art)
So what can you run on it? Linux. There are Fedora, Debian and ArchLinux builds already available for download from the Raspberry Pi website.
On the contrary, there’s a lot that you can do with a Raspberry Pi! Check out the ideas people already have implemented with this baby:
If you’re in the Philippines, you can get it from RS Components (expression of interest) or Element 14/Premier Farnell (pre-order. Call up the Philippine number for some help on placing your order online.). Otherwise, check out this list for the buying links per country. I already placed my order with Element 14. If you’re interested (it’s just less than 2,400 pesos including shipping) better pre-order right now. Already this is backlogged all the way to June 2012. That’s worldwide folks!
What do I plan to do with my unit? I’m thinking of going the media center / Network Attached Storage route. I’ve got a lot of videos stored in my terabyte drive and it would be nice to finally find the time to watch them all. All I need to do is use my Android phone to control the Pi and I’m game!
Are you interested in getting your own Raspberry Pi? What do you plan to do with it?
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