USB stick PC for $25

Game developer David Braben creates a USB stick PC for $25 article tells about an interesting project from Raspberry Pi Foundation. The idea is to a manufacture a very low cost PC that can be given to kids for free and courses built up around their use.

Braben has developed a tiny USB stick PC that has a HDMI port in one end and a USB port on the other. You plug it into a HDMI socket and then connect a keyboard via the USB port giving you a fully functioning machine (700MHz ARM11 with 128MB of RAM) running Ubuntu version of Linux. This tiny computer is promised to handle web browsing, run office applications, and give the user a fully functional computer to play with as soon as it’s plugged in. You can attach a 12MPixel camera module to it as shown on the following picture from Raspberry Pi Foundation web page.


Sounds interesting cheap Linux platform. Let’s hope this becomes available soon and at promised price. I can think many uses for this kind of cheap, small and low power consumption Linux platform.


  1. Tomi says:

    Missed out on Raspberry Pi? Here’re five alternatives

    If you weren’t quick enough to snap up a Raspberry Pi before they sold out then here are five pocket-sized computing devices worth checking out while you wait to get your Pi.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Raspberry Pi production back in Blighty

    The Raspberry Pi is to be manufactured in the UK – possibly the first time a microcomputer has been produced here, as opposed to simply being assembled, for a number of decades.

    Production has begun in Sony’s Pencoed, South Wales plant on behalf of the Raspberry Pi’s sales partner, Element14/Premier Farnell.

    RS, Raspberry Pi’s other supplier, will continue to source hardware in China.

    Sony has “already invested £50,000 in PoP – Package on Package, the fiddly stuff where the Broadcom chip at the heart of the Raspberry Pi is stacked beneath the Ram chip – hardware and expansion capability just for us”, said the Raspberry Pi Foundation today.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Raspberry Pi brings board build back to Britain

    Deal with Sony overcomes time and cost issues to shift manufacturing away from China

    “There was just no way to make the Raspberry Pi in the UK and keep the price at $25 for the Model A (which will be released before the end of the year at the promised price) and $35 for the Model B,” wrote Liz Upton of the Raspberry Pi Foundation in a blog announcing the UK manufacturing news on Thursday.

    To build in the UK, the charity would have been taxed on importing the components, which it had to source from overseas. However, importing a built item attracts no import duty.

    One of the Raspberry Pi operation’s suppliers, Premier Farnell, has now shifted the bulk of its manufacturing to South Wales, creating around 30 new jobs to supply 30,000 boards per month up to an initial order of 300,000. This should be a great selling point for Farnell, and I hope that buyers will consider this when choosing where to buy one of the coveted Raspberry Pi computers.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Factory pictures from South Wales

    A very quick set of photos taken this morning at the Sony factory in Pencoed, Wales, where Raspberry Pis are being built at a rate of around 2500 a day.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Raspberry Pi Foundation becomes a TIGA member

    THE INDEPENDENT GAMES DEVELOPER ASSOCIATION (TIGA) has announced that the Raspberry Pi Foundation will become an honorary member, giving it access to many games developers.

    As the Raspberry Pi Foundation is busy filling orders and overclocking its diminutive computer, there has been growing interest in using the device to build a games console. One developer already turned a Raspberry Pi into a Super Nintendo and now the Raspberry Pi Foundation has been given an honorary TIGA membership.

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