£19 Raspberry Pi Model A now available
By Nicole Kobie
Posted on 4 Feb 2013 at 13:44
The Raspberry Pi is now available in an even cheaper version, with the Model A ready to ship at £19.
The Raspberry Pi Model B was released last year for £25, but the cut-down version of the cheap-and-cheerful computing board is now available as well.
The Model A Raspberry Pi costs £19, but has no Ethernet port, a single USB port, and 256MB of RAM, while the Model B was doubled to 512MB last year.
"Stripping down the Model A means it has two important differences from the Model B: we can make it ten dollars cheaper, at $25; and it consumes roughly a third of the power of the Model B, which is of key importance to those of you wanting to run projects from a battery or solar power: robots, sensor platforms in remote locations, Wi-Fi repeaters attached to the local bus stop and so forth," said Raspberry Pi Foundation spokeswoman Liz Upton. "We’re working on software to get the power consumption even lower."
The Model A Raspberry Pi will initially only ship in Europe, with the foundation saying it was "waiting on some paperwork" before the boards could head to the US. The devices are already available in the UK from RS Components.
"We are very, very pleased to finally be able to offer you a computer for $25," Upton added. "It’s what we said we’d do all along, and we can’t wait to see what you do with it."
Acorn all over again...
Put out the A model, but you really need to buy the B model :-D
By big_D on 4 Feb 2013
@big_D this does have a potential market though.
For example, schools who buy in bulk and don't care for ethernet (which they probably wont due to wiring, internet filters and security) or hobbyists as the article says.
That said the smaller RAM may be a potential issue.
By tech3475 on 4 Feb 2013
The trouble for me with the A is the single USB port. If you want to connect the Pi to a network, this will be taken by the wifi dongle. Yes, you can connect it to a USB hub to connect further USB devices, but these are surprisingly expensive for a decent powered model, which makes the B a better bet IMHO.
By piphil on 4 Feb 2013
@piphil: Buying the model B version instead also means you are helping to support British manufacturing, as the model B version is manufactured in a factory in Wales, in case you didn't know. ;)
By formula_86 on 5 Feb 2013
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