Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Raspberry Pi

Today, people are in search of products which are more efficient and use minimal resources. If we talk about computers, they have been diminishing since generations. As a matter of fact, people are demanding small sized computers. So, keeping space and size as the main motto, Raspberry Pi Foundation has developed a credit card sized computer, Raspberry Pi.

Its not so, that, as it is so small, it is not capable. Even though it is very small, to be called a computer, it can perform every task, which an ideal PC can do, from playing games to connecting to Internet. It is simply a board with 2x2.0 USB ports, an RJ-45 connector port, an HDMI port, an RCA video port, a 3.5 mm audio jack, has 512 MB of SDRAM and  a micro USB power input port. It doesn't have permanent storage, rather it boots from SD card. The recent and advanced model B has the above specs. Earlier, model A was introduced, which didn't had the Ethernet port, had only 1 USB port and the RAM was just 256 MB. Here are the tech specs on Raspberry pi Model B-

Processor -

700 MHz ARM1176 (ARM11 Family)
Note-It can be overclocked upto 1GHz in Turbo versions

Graphics -

Broadcom VideoCore IV OpenGL ES 2.0
HDMI/RCA Video output

Memory -

SDRAM - 512 MB (Model B)
other storage via SD, memory card

Networking -

10/100 RJ-45 Ethernet port

Supported OS -

Linux,Android(4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), Unix, etc

It is suitable for any work and can act as a normal PC at a very low price. It can easily beat today's cellphones, which are even more costlier. It can also play 14 HDMI resolutions from 640 x 350 to 1920 x 1200..!!!It is capable of playing Blu Ray Video.

In all, you just need a monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, and a USB power adapter to start, and it will behave like an ideal CPU. Have a look at the working of Raspberry Pi over here -

Interestingly, it is available at a very low price of just 2751 INR/35$. You can place your order at this site.
Indian customers can buy from here.

- Vish


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