RS Components has announced that it will be shipping the new Model A version of Raspberry Pi, the low-cost, credit card-sized computer board designed to boost the uptake of programming among young people and enthusiasts worldwide. RS Components has also signed a new global distribution agreement with The Raspberry Pi Foundation to sell Raspberry Pis around the world.
Priced at just US$25, the Raspberry Pi Model A contains 256MB RAM, a single USB port and, unlike the existing Model B version, has no Ethernet connection. As a result, in addition to costing less, the new Model A has a lower profile and consumes significantly less power than the Model B, making it suitable for remote battery-powered applications such as robotics or data logging, or for creating an inexpensive media centre in the home. It is also ideal for use in industrial control and automation applications, which typically require fewer on-board features for their development.
The Raspberry Pi Model A board can be ordered now, along with the associated accessories and peripherals.