Last week, founder Eben Upton of the Pi Foundation announced the Raspberry Pi Model Zero. The tiny computer device which runs on Raspbian, a free and open-source OS based on Debian, will sell for $5.00. You can purchase it from Adafruit and other outlets.
Here are some specs:
- Processor: 1GHz Broadcomm BCM2835
- Memory: 512MB of RAM
- Storage: a user-supplied microSD
- GPIO: 26/40 unpopulated through-holes
- USB ports: USB On-the-Go…Micro USB
- Video Output: Composite video is available from 2 unpopulated pins.
- HDMI video is available from a mini HDMI port.
Meet Chip, the $9 computer which will be available sometime in 2016. Chip is based on ARM-based processor at 1Ghz, 512MB RAM and 4GB of storage. It has one USB port and a micro-USB port to power the unit. For display, it will have HDMI port. For just $9, it makes the Raspberry Pi look very expensive.
The next-gen Raspberry Pi 2 runs on a 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU with 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM. It offers six times faster and two times the memory of its predecessor. Raspberry Pi 2 also looks identical to Raspberry Pi 1. The connectors on the Raspberry Pi 2 are in the same place and have the same functionality, so existing users will find it easy to make the transition. Also, the board can still be run from a 5V micro-USB power adapter. All for $35, a bargain.
I got myself an excellent bargain earlier today. I picked up a Polaroid 32GB SDHC card at Frys for just $16. It’s rated with a Class 10 performance. I plan to use it on my Nikon D90 DSLR camera. With 32GB, I should be able to take 9456 photos at 12 Megapixels, and about 430 minutes 720p HD videos. The 16GB card I was using on my camera will now reside on my Raspberry PI. I can’t wait to get that going, so I can add more apps on my Raspberry.
Brian Trapp of Linux Journal recently wrote an article on how to create a perfect Raspberry Pi home server. The article talks about how to install an external USB drive, a Samba server for backup, a DLNA server, and a print server. The article is quite straightforward and easy to follow.
Read the article.
Watch out Apple, there’s another fruit in the market. Yesterday, I was ogling Apple’s TV which sells for just $99. That has to be one of the most affordable hardware sold by Apple. Except for the iPod shuffle, which sells for a mere $49. Which brings me to my main topic today, the Raspberry Pi, a full-fledged computer being sold for just $35. Did I hear that right?
The Raspberry Pi is powered by an Arm-based processor. It’s about the size of a credit card. It comes with a HDMI port, 2 USB ports for connecting keyboard and mouse, an audio output, a composite output for old-style TVs and monitors, an Ethernet port for the network, and a SD card slot for loading the operating system. It runs on just 2 watts of power, and it boots in less than 15 seconds.
The best part of it all, it runs on Linux, an open-source operating system. Since it’s open-source, you can do practically anything to it. Currently, there are 3 Linux distro images available for the Raspberry Pi. They are: Debian squeeze, Arch Linux ARM, and Fedora 14 Remix. There are many potential uses for the Raspberry Pi, such as a media center, cafe internet workstations, robotics, to name a few.
Finally, here’s a video of the Raspberry Pi. Yea, I want one or two.