There's a lot you can do with the Raspberry Pi, the micro-sized PC that's about as big as a credit card. Part of the charm is that it's incredibly affordable ($25 for the Model A version and $35 for the Model B), yet that didn't stop the Raspberry Pi Foundation from upgrading the RAM on the higher-end Model B version to 512MB so that it can more comfortably be used as a general-purpose computer with multiple large applications running at the same time. We know what you're thinking -- how much does the added RAM add to the price?
Recently, researchers at the University of Southampton used 64 Raspberry Pi computers and Lego to build a dirt cheap supercomputer. They even published a step-by-step guide for making a Raspberry Pi supercomputer (PDF) for those interested in emulating their feat. But we understand that making supercomputer clusters isn’t for everyone and that most Raspberry Pi owners would probably settle for something as unexciting as tweaking the config.txt file to overclock and overvolt its 700MHz ARM chip. Now, though, such people may have to look elsewhere for their kicks, as the Raspberry Pi Foundation (hereinafter referred to as the “Foundation”) has effectively taken the fun out of overclocking the Pi by announcing an official “turbo mode” for the credit card-sized computer.
The folks responsible for Raspberry Pi have already concocted a delicious, inexpensive recipe for micro-sized computing, but the project is about to get even tastier with the introduction of one more ingredient: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Raspberry Pi's developers are working on porting ICS to its $35 device and have "been making great progress" towards that end.
On Thursday, British hacker Liam McLoughlin, more popularly known by his nom de plume Hexxeh, announced the release of a Raspberry Pi port of the open-source Chromium browser. The talented hacker, whose highly fruitful association with Chromium OS dates back to its very inception, has been busy playing around with the Raspberry Pi ever since he got hold of one back in April. This release of Chromium for Raspberry Pi Beta is a testament to all his hard work.
In yet even more itty bitty computing news, the Raspberry Pi crew has announced that they've overcome previous manufacturing difficulties and are now churning out their mini-PCs are the brisk rate of 4,000 a day. Whoop-dee-do, what does that mean for you? Simple: the shortage is over and the Raspberry Pi's various manufacturers are now taking general orders. Plus, you can order more than one now.
Raspberry Pi: it's a geek's low-cost dream for a basic HTPC, but due to the time difference between the U.S. and Britain I've yet to be able to get my hands on one in the brief windows that they've been available for. Sigh. So my hopes skyrocketed when VIA announced its Pi look-alike, the $50 APC 8750. And joy of joys, it went up for preorder today! …then promptly sold out in a matter of hours, before I was able to snap one up. Double sigh.
If you're getting sick of waiting for a slice of your very own Raspberry Pi mini-PC, fear not; the cavalry will soon be arriving thanks to an unexpected rival: Via, the longtime mobo makers. Yesterday, the company announced its Pi-like "APC 8750" board, a $50 Android-powered PC complete with processor, memory and a host of I/O ports.
The much talked-about Raspberry Pi, which started shipping last month after a string of delays, is quite capable for its small size and price. As some of you may know, this diminutive single-board computer also features a 15-pin MIPI Camera interface (CSI) connector. However, according to “JamesH”, one of the people working on a camera module for the Pi, the CSI port on the Raspberry Pi is “fairly unusable without an already supported camera.” The good news is that the team has made some headway. More after the jump.
After spending a longer than expected amount of time in the oven, the first batch of Raspberry Pi systems have been served to a U.K. distributor. The credit card sized PC is a tiny and cheap system that costs $25 (Model A) or $35 (Model B), runs Linux, and can be used for things like spreadsheets, word processing, high definition video, and even some light gaming.
The $35 Raspberry Pi Linux computer continues to be dogged by delays. Earlier in March, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced a “minor” manufacturing hiccup, which involved the diminutive PC getting fitted with the wrong type of Ethernet jack by accident. Now the UK-based charitable organization responsible for the eponymous Pi is having compliance issues in the land of the stiff upper lip. Hit the jump for more.