29 Feb, 2012

Rasberry Pi Tech Specs

Rasberry Pi is a mini computer that is just over the size of a credit card, It is a entire computing board, or a Single Board Computer. It is designed for hardware enthusiast and it comes without a fancy cover, i.e, you get the printed circuit board with all the parts as shown below:

Rasberry Pi B board with ports

There are 2 versions of Rasberry Pie, Version A and B

The version B has a 700 MHz ARM Processor, Broadcom GPU which is capable of Full HD Video decoding, 256 Megabytes of RAM, #{HDMI} and RCA video output, 3.5mm Audio output, SD card slot and a RJ45 Ethernet connector. And runs on a 5V power supply which is connected via the standard micro USB interface, which means you can also connect your android charger to power the system.

The interesting part is that there are several General purpose IO pins to connect or control another hardware. There are many exciting opportunities for the electronics hacker here. At the minimum it runs on Linux and hence can be used to run a server, do monitoring, play videos on TV screens, offload long running simple tasks on server, server monitoring, file sharing server on local network, a torrent box, etc!

Raspberry Pi Model B Technical Specifications

The heart of the Rasberry is a Broadcom BCM2835 (CPU, GPU, DSP, and SDRAM) System-on-Chip (SoC)

CPU700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S core (ARM11 family)
GPU Broadcom VideoCore IV, OpenGL ES 2.0, 1080p30 h.264/MPEG-4 AVC high-profile decoder
Network10/100 Ethernet RJ45 onboard network
Memory (SDRAM) 256 Megabytes (MiB)
Video outputs Composite RCA, HDMI
Audio outputs 3.5 mm jack, HDMI
Storage SD, MMC, SDIO card slot

The Rasberry Model A does not have a ethernet adapter, but it can connect to the internet via USB dongles, USB->Ethernet adapters, USB-Wifi Adapters etc. Both models does not have a in-built Wifi chip built in, but the USB ports can be used to connect a WiFi dongle.

Rasberry Pi cost

The rasberry pi costs around 35 USD (25 Pounds) , and is currently available only in UK, US Waiting for Rasberry Pi in India, China, Japan and more. Rasberry Pi in India is available for orders by organizations and companies (You need to have a Sales Tax Number)


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