Raspberry Pi - Almost here
The Register has a good article on the £22 ($35) micro miracle which is due to ship in December. Maybe this can begin to help plug the coding gap in schools?
Psst, kid... Wanna learn how to hack? ? The Register
The RaspberryPi Model A and Model B (a reference to the BBC Micro) are expected to go on sale in December priced $25 and $35 (16 and 22 quid respectively). The Model A will have 128M of RAM and no Ethernet, whereas the Model B will be produced in larger numbers and have 256M of RAM plus 10/100MBit networking.
Although bare boards will be made available first, Upton said he expects the foundation to offer a cased version with electronic documentation next year for the same price. Meanwhile, the Pi has some rivals: the closest being Texas Instruments and Digi-Key's BeagleBone
, which is a small 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8-powered
computer for about 60 quid. Although the Pi gang hopes to make all its schematics and associated low-level documentation available for all, the Beagleboard project actively publishes its engineering materials under an open-source licence.
"In five years' time, we'll be looking back on the era of $300 Intel system units in bemusement," Upton concluded.