Raspberry Pi £15 computer out January

David Braben's mini-computer is about to emerge
Darren Allan
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Raspberry Pi

You may recall the Raspberry Pi from earlier this year.

It’s the super-budget £15 credit card sized computer created by David Braben, the chap who famously programmed the classic eighties space simulation Elite.

And the good news for those who were looking forward to grabbing one of these is that the mini-computer will be out next month, according to the Pi Foundation blog.

The Pi boards are currently undergoing final testing, but the Pi Foundation member Liz Upton notes on the blog: “Once we’re happy that this test run is fine, we’ll be pushing the button immediately on full-scale manufacture in more than one factory.”

The tiny device runs an Arm processor and Linux, plus it boasts a USB port and HDMI port for hooking up to your HDTV.

Back in August, it was shown running Quake 3 in full HD resolution, an impressive feat for such a budget oriented, tiny piece of technology.

Network deathmatch will also be a possibility, as there are two models of the Pi, the basic £15 version and a more expensive £22 model with an ethernet port on board.

Braben hopes the computer will reignite a passion for programming in kids today who are bored with application focused ICT classes, and also that it’ll bring low cost computing to the developing world.

Fingers crossed the testing goes well and the Pi emerges next month as planned.

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