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$25 Raspberry Pi Device to be Ready for Christmas

The ultra-cheap, open source computer Raspberry Pi, may appear by the end of the year according to David Braben, who also added that a finished version for developers will be available soon.

It's worth noting that the initial Raspberry Pi won't be your bog standard beige box computer, but will be aimed at the programmers who buy Toucan or Beagleboards.

10,000 units will be available by the end of the year and according to the Charity's blog (opens in new tab), the kits will be made up of "chips, transistors, silicon substrate, capacitors, resistors and all the other bits of electronics hardware that go into making a computer".

Braben also told Gigaom (opens in new tab) that the small run of 10K units will be given to developers in the hope that they will be able to seed it with software, with a consumer version available by next year.

The Raspberry Pi at its simplest will be a box the size of a business card box with ports for mouse, keyboard, TV or monitor (Analog, Digital), Ethernet, USB and SD Card.

The device runs on an ARM11 SoC clocked at 700MHz and there are plans to launch a 'buy one, give one' model, pioneered by the One Laptop Per Child project.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.