Raspberry Pi Model A Breaks Cover, Lower Cost, Lower Power

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News Posted: Sat, Dec 15 2012 4:19 PM
If you’re one to tinker with computers, you probably already know about the Raspberry Pi Model B, which is a tiny, barebones computer that consumes very little power and cost a mere $35. It really is a no-frills system – it doesn’t even have a case – which is what makes the system so appealing to many DIYers: what you do with the little computer is up to you. Now, Raspberry is offering a $25 Model A, which boasts even lower power consumption.

The Raspberry Pi Model A PC

Just because the Raspberry Pi Model A is newer doesn’t mean that it’s better, though. Raspberry designed the two Pis for different uses. Where the Model B is aimed at DIYers and educational settings, the Model A is expected to be used widely in industrial settings. Consequently, Raspberry focused on lower power requirements. The Model A has 256MB of RAM (to the Model B’s 512MB) and the Model A lacks an Ethernet port.

“We’re seeing demand for the Model A from people making industrial control modules, from roboticists, from people doing automation, for a bunch of headless operations – and, significantly, for people who want to use the Pi as a very cheap media centre. The Model A will only cost $25 (plus tax and shipping),” Raspberry says on its website.
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OSunday replied on Sat, Dec 15 2012 4:37 PM

This is a cool announcement and it's awesome to see them giving people what they want.

I don't think this will result in any exponential growth greater than already exists with the Raspberry pi . It'll just mean that people using it for "headless operations" and very specific things that don't require the capabilities of the B model will have something that costs less and is better suited towards its desired application.

The A model isn't something you can do more with, it's something you can more efficiently and at a better price point than can be done with projects that currently use the B model but not all of it's resources.

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Dorkstar replied on Sat, Dec 15 2012 6:56 PM

Wasn't this same article just posted 1-2 weeks ago?  Unless I'm getting what I read on the wikipedia page mixed up, I thought this was already on the site.

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OSunday replied on Sat, Dec 15 2012 11:42 PM

I think the article posted earlier was that this was being announced and now it's been released

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