go-green-pc | Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi computer is a tiny computer about the size of a credit card and it is hoped that it will get thousands of schoolchildren interested in programming.
The Raspberry Pi has been created by a group of scientists and developers who wanted to improve the state of Britain's computer science curriculum, the device contains a processor similar to the one used in many smart mobile phones, a memory chip, an Ethernet port and a couple of USB ports.
The launch follows strong criticism of technology teaching in the UK.
Robert Mullins, co-founder of the Cambridge-based Raspberry Pi Foundation, said: 'The primary goal was to build a low-cost computer that every child could own, and one where programming was the natural thing to do with it.'
Raspberry Pi Spec
- Broadcom BCM2835 700MHz ARM1176JZFS processor with FPU and Videocore 4 GPU
- GPU provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p3D
- H.264 high-profile decode GPU is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24GFLOPs with texture filtering and DMA infrastructure
- 256MB RAM
- Boots from SD card, running Raspberry Pi Fedora Linux Remix
- 10/100-BaseT Ethernet port
- HDMI port
- USB 2.0 port
- RCA video port
- SD card slot
- Powered from microUSB port
- 3.5mm audio out jack
- Header footprint for camera connection
- Size: 85.6 x 53.98 x 17mm
The Launch The first batch of 10,000 units of the British single-board computer sold out almost immediately as two websites designated to sell the Raspberry Pi struggled with the volume of interest.
Dr Eben Upton, from the Raspberry Pi Foundation said said programming was enormously important for the British economy, leading to potential jobs in computing, engineering and the financial services industry. Import duty tax regulations means the first batches of the Pi will be made in Taiwan and China. For now, manufacturing them here isnít affordable.
Further Information For more information, and a greater overview of the device, head over to the official site @ raspberrypi.org