The ultra-cheap Raspberry Pi PC is getting closer to launch. In a new blog post on the company's official web site, the team has announced that the first batch will finish their manufacturing in China on February 20. While there's still no specific date on when the PCs will actually go on sale, the blog post adds, "We’ll be airfreighting them to the UK immediately, so you should be able to buy them before the end of the month."
For those of you who want more detail on the hardware inside the Raspberry Pi PC, the blog post has some good news on that front:
We’ve been leaning (gently and charmingly) on Broadcom, who make BCM2835, the SoC at the heart of the Raspberry Pi, to produce an abbreviated datasheet describing the ARM peripherals in the chip. If you’re a casual user, this won’t be of much interest to you, but if you’re wanting to port your own operating system or just want to understand our Linux kernel sources, this is the document for you.
You can download the document, in PDF format, right here.
As we have reported before, the PCs that are in production are of the $35 model, which include a 700 MHz ARM11-based processor, 256 MB of RAM, two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port and an HDMI port. There's still no word on when the cheaper $25 Raspberry Pi PC will be released.
Image via the Raspberry Pi Foundation