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Element14 announces smaller Raspberry Pi model

06 Feb 2013  | Nick Flaherty

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The popular credit-card sized computer, Raspberry Pi, now has a smaller and stripped down version.

Element14 had announced the launch of the Raspberry Pi Model A board, selling at under $25. It uses the same 700MHz ARM1176 Broadcom BCM2835 processor but only 256MB of RAM is included as standard, there is no Ethernet connection and only one USB port, but it does use considerably less energy for battery-powered applications.

The larger Model B sold over 500,000 units and demand for the Model A board is anticipated to be from those making industrial control modules, from robotics, automation, and significantly, to use the Pi as a very cheap media centre.

In recent weeks, Element14 has launched two exclusive accessories to support the development of new applications and uses: The Gertboard, a flexible experimenter board that connects the Raspberry Pi out to the physical world, and PiFace, which allows the user to sense and control the real world. Both are available to buy to supplement activity on the Raspberry Pi and can be used with the Model A and Model B boards.

 Raspberry Pi Model A

Raspberry Pi Model A

The Model A board costs $25 plus tax and shipping, and is available today through Farnell Element14 in Europe and CPC in the UK and Ireland. Further countries will be added in the coming weeks.

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