Raspberry Pi: Micro computer

Raspberry-Pi

Raspberry Pi is a miniature computer with the size of a credit card. This is ultra cheap computer created by David Braben. Raspberry Pi is based on ARM11 processor with a frequency 700Mhz, which allows to reach great performance with a very low energy consumption.

The price of the device will not be more than $25 for the base model and slightly more expensive for advanced modification. Raspberry Pi has outstanding characteristics for this price. While the size of computer is only a credit card size, this little super computer walks close to regular 5 years old system blocks The little monster is packed with Open Source software including operational system Ubuntu, office pack Koffice, browser Iceweasel (Firefox clone) and programming language pack Python. All this software is OpenSource and not hungry for resources. Add to the list – producers promice to include support of video playback in FullHD format. How is it for the price ha?

Now, what can Raspberry Pi be used for? The one major quality of this computer is a balance between price and features. It’s obvious that you wont be able to play large modern games on it but you can definitely use this machine as regular office computer, editing documents, learn programming, produce presentations, etc. Think yourself – for only $25 you get a system block with the size of credit card, which allows you to watch video, browse Internet, lieten music… A regular system block with the similar features cost from $100, and you get yourself energy hungry machine which consumes not less than 250W while this little baby takes only 1w.

These features together with the price open the world of Information Technology even for those users who never had such opportunity. Firstly this computer can be used in schools for learning programming, also can be used as one of multiple terminal stations in office, as a home video player, as a module to TV to browse Internet and watch Youtube. The developers themselves positioning their product as a training device for educational purposes, but it’s features can offer way more, even a little home server or advanced network switch. Linux system allows to do so, all depends on your knowledge of principles of working of various devices and proper setup.

Raspberry Pi has SD card slot thus enabling you to use more of the features available for regular desktops through installation of additional software.

Base model of Raspberry Pi has:
CPU: 700Mhz ARM11
RAM: 128Mb SDRAM
OpenGL ES 2.0
Video 1080 – 30
Audio: H.264
USB 2.0
SD Card slot
General Input Output systems
Ethernet adapter 10/100
OpenSource Software

Advanced version has in addition:
RAM 286Mb SDRAM
Additional USB (2 ports)


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