Baking a $35 Raspberry Pi sounds like an easy recipe, but when you mix up the ingredients, the result is a sour system that should't be served to the masses. That's what happened to the first batch of Raspberry Pi devices. The cooks responsible for putting together Raspberry Pi systems inadvertently baked in the wrong type of Ethernet jacks, a minor "manufacturing hiccup" that could delay the shipment of some units.
The diminutive Raspberry Pi computer got off to a sensational start last week, with pre-orders selling out within hours. There is very little, if anything, to dislike about Raspberry Pi, a dirt cheap Linux PC the size of a credit card. But the fact that currently no case is available for the Raspberry Pi might bother some of the early adopters. Even though the Raspberry Pi Foundation plans to begin “selling cases by the summer,” a designer named Marco Alici has already finished designing a 3D printable version.
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 also 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.
The delay of the Raspberry Pi PC has had geeks hankering for some serious on-the-cheap computing action pulling out their hair in frustration. The charity foundation offering the $25/$35 Pi has been teasing us with videos of its awesomeness for months, showing off the PC's chops at playing 1080p video and Quake 3, shifting media via AirPlay technology, running XBMC and loads more. Unfortunately, the Pi missed its initial launch window. But don't worry: the Raspberry Pi foundation just committed to a new manufacturing date and even released a datasheet for the Broadcom SoC powering the Pi.
The soon-to-be-released Raspberry Pi stretches the definition of a PC: the ARM/Linux board is credit card-sized, capable of performing basic computing tasks, and only costs $25 (or $35 for a 256MB model, doubling the RAM of the $25 offering). Oh yeah, it plays 1080p HD video over HDMI, too. It's that last bit that brings us today's news: with the Raspberry Pi's launch looming, the team just released a video showing the board running a fully-working version of XBMC. That's right; it's a $35 1080p HTPC. Not tempting enough? It also supports AirPlay, even sans XBMC.