The long-awaited Raspberry Pi (a mini ARM-based computer) is now available for purchase, after being in development for quite some time by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. For those that are not familiar with Raspberry Pi, it is a credit-card sized computer utilizing cost-effective components to create a cheap, affordable computer for $25-$35 per unit.
It has several ports such as composite VGA and HDMI for video output, USB 2.0 ports, 3.5mm audio jack, RJ45 ethernet port, and a SD/MMC/SDIO card reader for storage. There are two different units, a Model A and a Model B. Model A is priced at $35 and will feature two USB 2.0 ports and a ethernet port, while Model B is priced at $25 and will only have one USB 2.0 port and no ethernet port. It is capable of running ARM compiled distros of Linux, offering a full computing experience. It has been shown to be capable of running 1080p videos on XBMC, which makes it very suitable for use as an HTPC.
Right now, traffic on the Raspberry Pi vendors’ websites is extremely high, as there seems to be great demand for these units. Raspberry Pi is expected to be available internationally, but will be initially available in limited countries, due to limited supply. You can currently purchase the Raspberry Pi units from Premier Farnell and RS Components.