Raspberry Pi PC increases RAM to 512MB; keeps $35 price

The Raspberry Pi Foundation launched its $35 Linux-based PC in April and the company has apparently been highly successful with the sales of its bare bones PC hardware product. When the "Model B" version launched, it had 256 MB of RAM inside.

While it's hard to complain about getting a PC with such a low price tag, the Raspberry Pi Foundation said that some people have mentioned to them they would like to get another model that has more memory for a higher price. Thankfully, they will get their wish but without a price hike. In a post on their official blog, the Raspberry Pi Foundation states that new versions of the Model B PC will now be sold with 512 MB of RAM with the same $35 price.

The blog adds, "If you have an outstanding order with either distributor, you will receive the upgraded device in place of the 256MB version you ordered. Units should start arriving in customers’ hands today, and we will be making a firmware upgrade available in the next couple of days to enable access to the additional memory." In fact, the firmware download link is now available.

We are still awaiting word on when the company will release their long promised $25 "Model A" version of the Raspberry Pi PC.

Source: Raspberry Pi blog | Image via Raspberry Pi Foundation

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Crisps said,
I would love to build a solar powered PI without batteries. Experiment for future satellite maybe...

lol that would be awesome

Great - I have been playing around with it for a while now.
Running XMBC it handles streaming HD video (from another PC on the network) with no issues at all.
Also got it running Quake 3 with sound at a decent framerate.
Being able to overlock to 1000Mhz and change the memory split seems to do the trick.
I might order another one to compare...

2xSilverKnight said,
I recently got an Android 4.0 mini-pc. ARM Cortex A9 dual core cpu + Mali 400 quad core gpu + 1 Gb of ram. Well worth it.

Search for UG802

any good? how's the build quality and performance?

smooth3006 said,
I dont see what the obsession is with these?

Small, cheap, can run off batteries, runs linux, useful for learning to program, easily accessible IO ports

link6155 said,
probably not, but it does run doom 3 fine:
http://youtu.be/e_mDuJuvZjI

That's quake 3 and audio is crappy. I messed with it and got sound enabled (back before they commited a fix to the repo for it) but it would get buffer underruns that caused it to get static in the feed. Otherwise it ran ok.

This news article reminded me to cancel my Raspberry Pi order. Turns out amongst all the excitement of placing my order, I forgot to actually receive the product in exchange for the cash! Will try again next year when demand should be lower and supply higher (one can hope right?).

There will surely be a huge influx of ****ed off people who bought the 256MB version and are going to feel that they are entitled to the 512MB version LOL.

ir0nw0lf said,
There will surely be a huge influx of ****ed off people who bought the 256MB version and are going to feel that they are entitled to the 512MB version LOL.

Swap space

I know they're a charity and it's for a good cause but I can't help but keep thinking I got screwed over... The audio out is still completely messed, on the newer revision they changed the GPIO to give more pins (and makes it incompatible) and now they double the RAM! (Bear in mind their excuse for only having 256MB of RAM is that apparently doubling to a single 512MB chip was something like 6 times the price? Obviously it wasn't).
Ah well, for a good cause.

It probably was under their original contracts and lower order numbers.

The GPIO pin swap is not as huge as it first appears, groups of pins are swapped logically in their use, but still pretty much available. For exampe, The 2 I2C buses are swapped in physical location, but still there. Just change where you plug in for the I2C, it's all good.

How is your audio out messed? Is this an HDMI compatibility issue or a physical defect?

Xepol said,

How is your audio out messed? Is this an HDMI compatibility issue or a physical defect?

HDMI sound has no pops and clicks but the audio out jack does when sound is started and stopped, and it's so loud and horrid that it basically makes outputting sound useless on it.

Clearly, you haven't seen how much aging hardware there is out in the business world. I was interacting with a PDP 11 up until just a few years ago (some still do). You know how far beyond that pdp 11 this 35$ machine is?

Or the fact that it is powerful enough to run XBMC (media center)? Small embedded webservers that can interact with real hardware - very cool.

Heck, grab Lazarus & FPC and you can write cross platform program in XWindows on 'em.

LauRoman said,
Still doesn't have the power.

Well, blame Marvell that could release a much cheaper alternative but doesn't give a damn, the SheevaPlug 2.0 has been announced for years but never released and now this: http://www.engadget.com/2012/0...umcloud-computer-smile-con/ 30$ with wifi case and everything (no display out but any OEM could add that) but of course they locked that in as a retarded "cloud computer". CLOUD IS FUN YO!

LauRoman said,
Still doesn't have the power.

For what? Who exactly buys this thinking its a powerhouse? At one end of the spectrum it's a functional working desktop environment that could be useful in expanding third world access to computing. At the other it's an extremely fun little toy capable of running a very slick XBMC setup, retro game emulators, simple file server among many other tasks. If you're wanting a powerhouse then there are plenty of other options, claiming it 'Still doesn't have the power' is retarded unless you state exactly what you're using it for.

Hooray, only yesterday I was sad at having to wait for my Pi. Now I'm actually happy that my estimated delivery date is sometime in November

HeyRatFans said,
Hooray, only yesterday I was sad at having to wait for my Pi. Now I'm actually happy that my estimated delivery date is sometime in November

I ordered mine today from Element14 and am getting it tomorrow. Where the heck did you order from?

Xepol said,

I ordered mine today from Element14 and am getting it tomorrow. Where the heck did you order from?

I ordered mine from RS Components some time ago. Now you've said that, I might have to ring them and find out what's going on.

HeyRatFans said,

I ordered mine from RS Components some time ago. Now you've said that, I might have to ring them and find out what's going on.


I ordered mine on the 27th of June and only just got mine last Wednesday from Rs Components.

Ben Dyson said,

I ordered mine on the 27th of June and only just got mine last Wednesday from Rs Components.

I ordered mine in August, so I guess that makes sense. I did include a case with mine and that has a longer lead time that the Pi (only an extra week), but hopefully it'll ship soon.