Low Cost Raspberry Pi PC Launches

Brad Chacos

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview isn't the only piece of newsworthy tech to hit the proverbial streets today: the much-anticipated Raspberry Pi microcomputer has launched after over six years of planning and promises. Although it looks like a simple credit card-sized circuit board with various ports attached, the Pi packs enough computing power to rock 1080p video streams, AirPlay technology and XBMC .

A $25 version is planned, but only the $35 model is available for preorder currently. It includes a Broadcom-built ARM CPU/GPU, 256MB of RAM, and ports aplenty with an SD card slot, HDMI, RCA video and audio out, MicroUSB (for power), two USB 2.0 sockets and an Ethernet connection. (The $25 model will exclude the Ethernet and USB ports.) Wi-Fi is supported via a USB dongle.

The Raspberry Pi foundation has licensed Premier Farnell and RS Components , two British companies, to sell the pint-sized PCs. Hit those links to buy some Pi of your own, but be forewarned: they're getting hit pretty hard right now and are dropping out intermittently.

Update: Well, that was quick. VentureBeat is reporting that the first round of preorders are already sold out . Damn!

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