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Raspberry Pi: The $35 PC to be available by the month’s end

Most of you should be familiar with Raspberry Pi, a company aimed at launching an ARM based mini-PC for a mere $25 USD. The whole PC is powered by Micro USB and will be able to run Linux distros such as Fedora, Debian and ArchLinux at launch, with the possibilityof Android and even Windows 8 ports in the future.

As referred to in the title, the Raspberry Pi team have announced that the first batch of the more expensive (but still very cheap) “Model B” $35 Linux boxes will be completed by the 20th of February. After that they will be air freighted directly to the UK, meaning they should be available to purchase by the end of February.

The mini Linux machines are powered by a Broadcom BCM2835 which claims to have GPU performance of the original Xbox whilst the CPU is roughly equivalent to a decade old 300 MHz Pentium 2. Although these comparisons may make it appear a little slow, the GPU is fully capable of BluRay playback, making it near perfect for a cheap HTPC.  The Model A version that will set you back $25 has RCA video, 3.5 mm audio and HDMI outputs, SD card support and USB 2.0 connectivity. The more expensive, Model B version going on sale later this month has all of this plus an extra 128 MB of RAM and an Ethernet port.

Kitguru says: Be sure to sign up to their mailing list to be notified when they’re available for purchase, (link) I think even 10,000 units will disappear very quickly.

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