Raspberry Pi PC creators begin production of $35 model

It's one of the cheapest PCs that people will be able to buy and it has finally started mass production. The creators of the Raspberry Pi PC announced this week on their official blog site that they have started creating units of the Model B version of the PC. The $35 model has an 700 MHz ARM11-based processor, 256 MB of RAM, two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port and an HDMI port.

The creators of the Raspberry Pi are based in the UK. In their blog post they said that they had hopes that the PC would be made in their home country. However, the team ran into a number of issues with that plan, including pricing issues for making the PCs in local plants, much longer manufacturing periods compared to Asian plans and the fact that the UK government would impose a big tax on the company for the making of these PCs.  The blog site states, "So we have had to make the pragmatic decision and look to Taiwan and China for our manufacturing, at least for this first batch."

While the company is making the Model B version first, it still plans to make the $25 Model A Raspberry Pi PC with 128 MB of RAM, only one USB port and no Ethernet port. The team is investigating if they will be able to make the Model A version in the UK. There's still no word yet on when the PCs will actually go on sale.

Image via the Raspberry Pi Foundation

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A variant could make an excellent very cheap and advanced Linux router. All it would need is 3x a Routed Gigabit Ethernet port (1x WAN, 1x LAN and 1x DMZ) and perhaps 512MB of RAM instead of 256MB of RAM (depending on where it would be used for) ^_^

olger901 said,
A variant could make an excellent very cheap and advanced Linux router. All it would need is 3x a Routed Gigabit Ethernet port (1x WAN, 1x LAN and 1x DMZ) and perhaps 512MB of RAM instead of 256MB of RAM (depending on where it would be used for) ^_^

Excellent Idea! may there are WAN USB hubs? I can imagine an strong smoothwall or similar firewall/proxy of that size!

olger901 said,
A variant could make an excellent very cheap and advanced Linux router. All it would need is 3x a Routed Gigabit Ethernet port (1x WAN, 1x LAN and 1x DMZ) and perhaps 512MB of RAM instead of 256MB of RAM (depending on where it would be used for) ^_^

True, but there's already routerboards for that, and those are awesome!

http://routerboard.com/products

That blog post was informative. No wonder British manufacturing is screwed with the way taxes are set up AND the slowness and cost of our factories.

That said I can't wait to get one of these.

DARKFiB3R said,
"UK government would impose a big tax on the company for the making of these PCs."

*slow clap*

Yeah, isn't that just genius? This is why I say that these governments simply don't want business in their countries... They just do not understand that that is how jobs are created... lol

DARKFiB3R said,
"UK government would impose a big tax on the company for the making of these PCs."

*slow clap*

I'm not sure I truly believe it... I mean how much tax can there be on a $35 piece of kit, at the end of the day they'll get taxed for importing them anyway. I suspect its possible that its a way of avoiding tax on exported goods.

lt8480 said,

I'm not sure I truly believe it... I mean how much tax can there be on a $35 piece of kit, at the end of the day they'll get taxed for importing them anyway. I suspect its possible that its a way of avoiding tax on exported goods.


Think about how many components are on that board. Tax each component, and it all adds up. Tax a single end product and its a hell of a lot cheaper. I have a lot of my own boards made abroad due to this exact problem.

Hollow.Droid said,
Edit2: Also found buried the faq that it runs via microsd, it would still be interesting to know just how viable this is in the long term.

you are incorrect, it uses an SD card for the O.S to be installed on, not micro sd. You need to buy an SD card yourself btw.

torrentthief said,

you are incorrect, it uses an SD card for the O.S to be installed on, not micro sd. You need to buy an SD card yourself btw.

Yeah I meant SD card, so used to typing microsd when talking on android forums

This plus synergy would work perfectly with my laptop. Two questions though, 1: As it doesn't have an on-board sound card how exactly would you get sound outputting to a tv via hdmi? 2: Does it use a microsd card to install on? No on-board storage is understandable but just how reliable would a microsd as an OS base be?

Edit: Found an answer to the regarding sound, pretty stupid when I think about it now, the hdmi port serves us sound just fine, as does the 3.5mm jack.

Edit2: Also found buried the faq that it runs via microsd, it would still be interesting to know just how viable this is in the long term.

Edited by Hollow.Droid, Jan 12 2012, 1:17pm :

Hollow.Droid said,
on-board storage is understandable but just how reliable would a microsd as an OS base be?

Edit2: Also found buried the faq that it runs via microsd, it would still be interesting to know just how viable this is in the long term.

Just as reliable as running an OS from a USB Flash Drive (Linux, Windows 8 ((new feature)), etc). Nook Color can run android from a MicroSD card as well and it's pretty smooth. Smoother with faster cards but it really depends on how fast the system can read from it.
In the Nooks case, people noted no speed improvements with uSD class 10 because the max the card reader could do was class 6.

InsaneNutter said,
Perfect for playing 1080p h264 content in XBMC, very interested in seeing what people do with these.

Is a 700mhz ARM capable of 1080p?

Kushan said,

Is a 700mhz ARM capable of 1080p?

Nevermind, I did some googling and apparently it works really well. "Interesting" doesn't quite cover it.

I'm trying to debate as to how many I want to get at first... I want to do a lot of different things with them, but I am thinking maybe I start off with two and go from there...

Can't wait to buy one of these things. Forget buying a Boxee, this will fill the need perfectly after i find a housing for it.