The Raspberry Pi Foundation has officially launched the $25 Model A Raspberry Pi board. The $25 computer is now for sale in Europe. The Raspberry Pi Foundation created the Pi as part of a mission to get more kids to learn to code. The $25 Model A Raspberry Pi will be available to the rest of the world “very soon.”
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is working with distributors like RS Components and Premier Farnell/element14 to sell the boards. All of the Model A Pis are being made in Wales. The Model A Pi costs $10 less than the $35 Model B. The Model B has sold over one million units so far. Even Google bought 15,000 of them to give to school kids.
At a lower price than the Model B, the Model A does not come with Ethernet. It has just 1 USB port and 256MB RAM. The Model A consumers a third less power than the Mobile B so it can be powered by a battery or solar cells. The Model B can run XBMC so it can be used for media center purposes.
“RS customers outside Europe (Allied in the US) can order a Model A now, but there will be a short delay in processing their order because we?re waiting on some paperwork before the Pis can be shipped. Farnell customers outside Europe (Newark in the US) will see Model A appear on their local sites when this paperwork has been filled,” said Raspberry Pi in a blog post. ?We are very, very pleased to finally be able to offer you a computer for $25. It?s what we said we?d do all along, and we can?t wait to see what you do with it.?
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