The Raspberry Pi, a $25 Linux based PC, may be available to users as soon as next month.
This highly affordable PC is comparable to the size of a credit card, with measurements for the small device emerging as 85.60mm x 53.98mm x 17mm.
The Raspberry Pi weighs about 45g, and can be hooked up to other devices, such as a TV and a computer keyboard. It is capable of running the types of programs usually found on a desktop PC. Users of the Raspberry Pi will be able to work with spreadsheets, word-processors and video games.
Users will also be able to access popular social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter through the web browser.
The Raspberry Pi will come in two versions; the $25 version will come with 128MB of RAM and no network connection, whereas the $35 version will come with an Ethernet connection. Both will have USB and HDMI ports, along with analog video and audio outputs. The 1080p video visuals will be backed up by a 700MHz ARM processor and a 5-volt power supply.
Eben Upton, a former lecturer at Cambridge University, worked alongside his college colleagues Rob Mullins and Alan Mycroft to create a prototype model of the Raspberry Pi. Eben also worked with a slew of individuals who eventually became the Raspberry Pi's board of trustees.
Frontier Developments' head David Braben spoke to Next-Gen.biz about their plans to distribute the Raspberry Pi. "There are things we haven't announced that are very exciting, but the initial 10,000 will be distributed through the Raspberry Pi website," he said.
Braben also spoke on the computer development spirit that the Raspberry PC is hoping to bring back: "There was a real enthusiasm for electronic devices when I was a kid. It wasn’t that it was geeky - it was actually quite trendy for a short period of time. But that’s not the point. The thing is that when the focus is on the device itself, that’s one thing, but what you can do with the device is a lot more interesting. [In Raspberry Pi] you’ve got quite a powerful, very cheap device that anyone can carry around, take to school, and hopefully do interesting things with that make it seem less like it's purely a school thing."
The embedded video below shows the type of HD visuals the Raspberry Pi is capable of outputting: