Raspberry Pi PCs to finish first production batch on Feb. 20

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

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These will be great for hobby electronics projects (like DIY home automation) and the like... kinda like Arduinos, but with more computing power? In fact I could see this being used with Arduinos - this for the 700Mhz brain, and Arduino to drive the motors, lights, etc.

I've been looking for a ultra-low power, cheap computing device to do this kind of stuff, and the closest I found so far are open-source firmware compatible routers (some of which can be obtained rather cheaply). This device will fit nicely into what I'd like to use.

Kai Y said,
These will be great for hobby electronics projects (like DIY home automation) and the like... kinda like Arduinos, but with more computing power? In fact I could see this being used with Arduinos - this for the 700Mhz brain, and Arduino to drive the motors, lights, etc.

I've been looking for a ultra-low power, cheap computing device to do this kind of stuff, and the closest I found so far are open-source firmware compatible routers (some of which can be obtained rather cheaply). This device will fit nicely into what I'd like to use.


Why would anyone use this with an arduino? It's got GPIO, using it with an arduino completely defeats the point in getting it at all.

Definitely Interested, saw a video that showed XBMC running without issues. I'm not very tech-savvy in the hardware department, but a 35$ set-top box sounds good to me.

Majesticmerc said,
Exciting

I've got no idea what I'll do with it yet, I just want to see what it does, and at $35 a pop, it's a bargain!

At $35 a pop, it is excellent. My netduino cost that much