Raspberry Pi Now On Sale

Raspberrypi schematic

Raspberry Pi, the $35 computer-on-a-board developed by a team from Cambridge, UK, went on sale at 6am GMT this morning.

Although the Raspberry Pi team went to great lengths to ensure their own website was prepared for the traffic spike, its two retail partners Farnell and RS Components found their websites struggling to cope under the strain within minutes of the launch.

Initial sales – for those who can get through – are limited to one per customer. They were also limited to the higher-spec Model B board, which has an Ethernet port and two USB ports, compared to Model A’s no Ethernet and one USB.

The full specs are:

  • Broadcom BCM2835 700MHz ARM1176JZFS processor with FPU and Videocore 4 GPU
  • GPU provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 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 the Fedora version of Linux
  • 10/100 BaseT Ethernet socket
  • HDMI socket
  • USB 2.0 socket
  • RCA video socket
  • SD card socket
  • Powered from microUSB socket
  • 3.5mm audio out jack
  • Header footprint for camera connection
  • Dimensions: 85.6 x 53.98 x 17mm

One of the aims of the Pi is to re-invigorate computer science teaching in British schools. A generation of kids has grown up thinking that learning computers means learning how to make spreadsheets and do formatting in Word documents. The next generation, it is hoped, will grow up with a better understanding of what a computer is, how it works, and how to program for it.

Why are we mentioning the Pi here? Partly because it will interest a lot of keen computer users, and we think a lot of Cult of Mac readers fall into that category.

Also because the Pi reminds of something… the original Apple I, which was basically a fully assembled computer-on-a-chip with broad appeal, to hobbyists and others. The Pi is many thousands of times more powerful, as Moore’s Law predicted; but in many other respects, it’s very similar.

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  • HeeyMaan

    I got onto both sites.  RS takes your information if you are interested in buying one and Farnell shows nothing when you search raspberry pi on the exports page.

  • Jesus Gomez

    Gaaahh, I’m here in Southern California, it’s 10 minutes to midnight, and I have been trying for 2 hours to get my raspy order.  Stupid distributors, hope the raspy guys stop doing business with them and find a distributor that can truly deliver.  I’m so pissed.

  • Michael Rygaard


    Jesus Gomez – you are sooo pissed because you cant order within the first 4 hours… ohh my if that is what gets you going you must have a borring life ;)

  • Jesus Gomez

    Well Michael, I see that you also have a pretty boring life if you are commenting about my comment.  Perhaps it’s not a big deal to you, but it is to me, after all, this was going to be the demo device I was going to use for a business proposal.  I want to use the raspberry pi machines to offer affordable computing solutions for small to medium businesses.  No need to buy expensive computers for basic computing needs.

    But obviously, you have a lot of important things to do in your life, like making such comments about how my life is boring.

    Another thing, the devices are already sold out. You should check the news:
    http://blog.gadgethelpline.com

    This is why I wanted to get an order within the first hours.

    BTW, you’re awesome ;D

    Keep up the good work.

  • Michael Rygaard

    What … are you kidding me ?
    In Europe they only sell to East European contries (and Greece)
    No sales to Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Deutchland, Holland, France, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Italy .. what is up with that ?

  • Gregz0r1

    Magnum P.I was better.

    Wait…

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Giles TurnbullGiles Turnbull is a freelance writer in England. He also writes for the Press Association and The Morning News. You can find out more at his website, and follow him on Twitter @gilest.

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