Raspberry Pi Foundation is currently at ARM Techcon 2011 showcasing their 25 USD ARM11 Linux Computer unveiled last May.
The board is build around Broadcom BCM2835 (ARM11 @ 700Mhz + GPU) application processor with 128/256MB “soldered” on top of the processor (Package on package (PoP) technology) and a USB Hub/Ethernet adapter chip and that’s it.
The board features an Ethernet 10/100 RJ45 connector, 2 USB 2.0 port, an Audio out, HDMI and composite video output and an SD card slot.
They currently only have the larger alpha board, the final board will be shrunk to the size of a business card and should be available in November 2011 (but most probably December).
They believe the board will have better multimedia performance than the Beagleboard. I’m not convinced of that yet, but we’ll see.
There will be two versions:
- Without network and 128 MB RAM – 25 USD
- Network support (Ethernet) and 256 MB RAM – 35 USD
They expect to sell 10,000 to 20,000 boards to the developer community and then move to the educational market as the initial aim is to get a platform cheap enough to have children be interested in software development.
If you want to play around before the board is ready, I’ve written instructions to setup an ARM1176 emulator running Debian using qemu.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.