Raspberry Pi Model A arrives early 2013

Posted on Friday, Nov 30 2012 @ 14:10 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Raspberry Pi announced that the first samples of the company's Model A system have been completed. Expected to hit the market in early 2013 for $25, this model is $10 cheaper than the currently available Model B. The main difference is that while Model B has Ethernet, 512MB RAM and two USB ports, the Model A has no Ethernet, only one USB port, and 256MB RAM.
Isn’t the Model A kind of obsolete now the Model B has twice the RAM? What could I use it for?

We’re anticipating that those of you who buy the Model A will be using it for different applications from Model B owners. Model A has no ethernet and only one USB slot – and importantly, it consumes much less power than a Model B because the ethernet chip’s missing. We’re seeing demand for the Model A from people making industrial control modules, from roboticists, from people doing automation, for a bunch of headless operations – and, significantly, for people who want to use the Pi as a very cheap media centre. The Model A will only cost $25 (plus tax and shipping).
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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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