Raspberry Pi Foundation and It’s $25 PC

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK registered charity which exists to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing.

They plan to develop, manufacture and distribute an ultra-low-cost computer, for use in teaching computer programming to children. They expect this computer to have many other applications both in the developed and the developing world.

Their first product is about the size of a USB key, and is designed to plug into a TV or be combined with a touch screen for a low cost tablet. The expected price is $25 for a fully-configured system.

Provisional specification
• 700MHz ARM11
• 256MB of SDRAM
• OpenGL ES 2.0
• 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
• Composite and HDMI video output
• USB 2.0
• SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
• General-purpose I/O
• Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)

Here are some FAQ’s answered on their website.

When will the device be available to purchase?
We anticipate the device will be available to the general public later in 2011.

How do I connect a mouse and keyboard?
Mice, keyboards, network adapters and external storage connect via a USB HUB.

What are the power requirements?
The device is powered by an external AC adapter, and consumes a little under 1W at full load.

Will there be a buy-one-give-one program?
Yes. We plan to implement a program of this sort.

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