TheRaspberry PiFoundation announced that its $25 Model A computer is now available for purchase in the United States through the electronics reseller Allied Electronics.
The model A is a ten dollar price cut from Raspberry Pi’s original Model B mini computer.
While it doesn’t come close to rivaling Apple design standards, being essentially little more than a circuit board with a few basic hardware components attached, the Model A has enough processing power to run a home media center, according to the foundation.
The release of the computer represents the latest milestone in the democratization of microprocessing power and is expected to be well received by tech geeks, DIY enthusiasts, aspiring entrepreneurs and educators in developing countries.
According to TechCrunch, the Model A uses a third less power and could potentially be powered by solar power or another renewable energy source. The Model A has a 750 MHz processor, 256 megabytes of RAM, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, an SD memory card and a 1/8 inch audio output. The computer also has an HD video camera connector designed for a
The Raspberry Pi founder said the not-for-profit organization has sold the popular computers to buyers around the world, even in the emerging markets of Africa.
“It’s very strong in South Africa,” hetold TechCrunch. “We’re looking to use South Africa as a springboard to increasingly affluent per capita cities of sub-Saharan Africa.”
Besides enabling children around the world to connect to the web, Raspberry Pi’s computers have been embraced by DIY enthusiasts, for both recreational and entrepreneurial purposes. Brooklynite Matt Richardson revealed in a web video that he used a Raspberry Pi to create a bike headlight that also projects a bicycle’s current speed.