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Details About Raspberry Pi Foundation's $25 PC 349

Posted by samzenpus
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First time accepted submitter salcan writes "There is growing interest surrounding the Raspberry Pi Foundation and their promise of a PC that will cost just $25. We've seen how the OLPC has struggled to deliver a $100 laptop for developing countries, and yet Raspberry Pi is confident in delivering the $25 PC by November this year. Eben Upton, director of the foundation, recently gave a talk at Bletchley Park regarding Educating Programmers, which focused on the thinking behind the $25 PC."
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Details About Raspberry Pi Foundation's $25 PC

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  • The new Arduino (Score:4, Interesting)

    by AC-x (735297) on Friday September 02, 2011 @05:53AM (#37283986)

    $25 is less than the cost of most Arduino boards, if it's possible to add some digital/analogue inputs/outputs it could become electronics bloggers new favourite toy (at least for high power mains projects, I suspect Arduino will still have much better power consumption!)

  • Problem (Score:4, Interesting)

    by should_be_linear (779431) on Friday September 02, 2011 @06:05AM (#37284020)
    If 128MB version costs $25, why they didn't go with 2GB for $30 instead? $5 difference for almost "classic" web PC with mainstream OS (Ubuntu).
  • Re:Problem (Score:4, Interesting)

    by White Flame (1074973) on Friday September 02, 2011 @06:21AM (#37284082)

    They're making a 256MB version with additional ports for $35. I doubt they could put 2GB of RAM on there; most of these ARM SoCs are intended to use stacked chips, and I don't think they've gone beyond 256MB in the stacked form factor.

    Even if the chip does allow using a non-stacked configuration, that's still extra board real estate & wiring which increases the complexity of the build, and $5 isn't going to get you 2GB of memory anyway.

  • Want. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by neokushan (932374) on Friday September 02, 2011 @06:27AM (#37284102)

    I want one of these and I can easily afford (and own) PC's worth 4-figures.

    I don't know why, I just want one.

  • by benbean (8595) on Friday September 02, 2011 @06:46AM (#37284184)

    Looks like a great project. I think a key though will be to have some well-written documentation or tutorials to go with it. For my first computer (Atari 800XL), my Dad just bought a book on BASIC and a book of type-in games, and it was going through those that encouraged me to learn and experiment. Hopefully they can get a hookup with O'Reilly or somebody to produce a companion volume.

    Reeeally pie in the sky wish would be for a BBC series to go with it, a la The Computer Programme, Making the Most of your Micro and Micro Live. Never gonna happen sadly. :-(

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