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Raspberry Pi upgrade juices up memory

A new version of the Raspberry Pi board has been released with double the memory for the same price.

An upgraded version of the $35 Raspberry Pi Linux computer is now available.

The new board has 512MB of memory, double that of the existing model, but will sell for the same price. It is available through electronic distributor Premier Farnell through its element14 brand.

Doubling the memory should help the device run more demanding mobile apps and future versions of the Android 4.0 OS, according to Premier Farnell. A working version of the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android OS has already been ported to the device.

The specs for the rest of the board remain the same, with a 700MHz ARM chip inside a Broadcom BCM2835, a single USB port and 128MB of memory, with an additional $10 buying a souped-up version with two USB ports and 10/100 Ethernet.

Despite its budget price, the Raspberry Pi still packs a punch, with the multimedia capabilities of an original Xbox console, 1080p video playback, and general processing power of a Pentium II or III.

The board is being manufactured in the UK by Sony UKTec, as part of the multimillion-pound manufacturing deal that was announced last month.

Owners of the Raspberry Pi board are putting it to an array of uses, from piloting drones to controlling homes. For any new owners of the Pi there is already an ecosystem of accessories and add-ons to complement the board.

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Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

2 comments
rmerchberger
rmerchberger

[[ Edit: This is a reply to micker377. Sorry the reply didn't nest under his actual post. I think I fat-fingered where to click. ]] There are two different boards - the Raspberry Pi Model A and Model B (with a few people calling the new 512Meg version a 'Model B+' akin to the BBC Micro Model B+). The _original_ specs for the Raspberry Pi *Model A* was the Broadcom 700MHz ARM chip, 128Meg RAM, one USB port, and no Ethernet - this is the $25 model. The original Model B: Same chip, 256Meg RAM, 2 USB ports, and built-in Ethernet. The Model A has not been released yet, which is part of the confusion on the specifications. As the Model B is the only one available, some folks don't know the Model A is supposed to be out before Christmas. The Author isn't quite correct, tho: the specs for the _new_ revision of the boards are the same except: The Model A has 256Meg RAM (not 128 as he'd mentioned) and the Model B has 512 Meg of RAM. For more information on the boards & whatnot, head over here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs

micker377
micker377

"The new board has 512MB of memory, double that of the existing model..." "The specs for the rest of the board remain the same, with a 700MHz ARM chip inside a Broadcom BCM2835, a single USB port and 128MB of memory..." Which is it???