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    Default Raspberry Pi Foundation develops PC the size of USB sticks, costs only $25

    Raspberry Pi Foundation UK has developed a fully functional computer that's as small as a USB stick and costs only $25 USD (£15) to make. The tiny computer -- dubbed "Raspberry Pi" -- looks somewhat like a standard USB memory stick, as a USB 2.0 connector juts out of it. But on the side it packs a SD/MMC/SDIO card reader to provide Flash storage (of course buying said storage might bump the price $10-$20). And on the side opposite to the USB port an HDMI connector sits, capable of piping out 1080p video to a monitor/TV.

    The little board has smartphone-esque hardware, with a 700MHz ARM11 processor and 128 MB of SDRAM packed in. Specifics on the processor, including the manufacturer were not yet revealed. The GPU also was not revealed, but it is said to be capable of handling OpenGL ES 2.0 (hence the 1080p output).

    Mice/keyboards can be plugged in via the USB slot. The computer runs a version of popular open-source Linux distribution Ubuntu 9 and comes with a variety of open source software tools (Iceweasel, KOffice, Python).

    An expansion port allows for additional hardware models. For example, a 12 MP camera module is shown.

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    Raspberry Pi device (the pendrive looking thing on the lower left of the monitor) running Ubuntu 9.04



    Provisional specification:

    • 700MHz ARM11
    • 128MB of SDRAM
    • OpenGL ES 2.0
    • 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
    • Composite and HDMI video output
    • USB 2.0
    • SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
    • General-purpose I/O
    • Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)

    The inventor David Braben is the the founder of development studio Frontier Developments and co-developer of the game Elite, which is considered to be one of the best games ever made. His game studio has offered such hot-selling titles as the Rollercoaster Tycoon series, Thrillville, Lost Winds, and most recently Kinectimals.

    He has launched a UK registered charity dubbed the Raspberry Pi Foundation. He states that children will be able to "use [the device] as a computer to learn program, to be able to run Twitter, Facebook, whatever. But also to be able to understand the whole process of programming. A lot of things have been obfuscated these days in the sense that you can't get at them. There's so much between you and doing something interesting or creative that it gets in the way. And hopefully this device will be one of the pieces that helps change that." The Raspberry Pi foundation plans to distribute the tiny PC to children in the UK, as well as third world children, though no solid release date has been announced yet.

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    http://www.raspberrypi.org/
    http://www.sott.net/articles/show/22...p-Costs-25-USD
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    Default Re: Raspberry Pi Foundation develops PC the size of USB sticks, costs only $25

    Hence there is motorola atrix
    now i am dreaming about 3way SLI in that with tiny GPU's


    Guess what??? scan it??:

    Good enough GAMING RIG

    HApPy GAMing

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