RS Components Ships New Raspberry Pi Model A in Asia Pacific
RS Components announced 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 $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 center 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 arrival of the Model A board is great news for anyone wishing to develop low-power applications with their Raspberry Pi,” said Glenn Jarrett, global head of product marketing at RS Components. “The $25 price point makes it even more attractive to system integrators and increases accessibility for those working within a restricted budget, such as in education.”
“We’re really pleased to finally be able to offer the Model A board,” Eben Upton of the Raspberry Pi Foundation added. “The lower power consumption and reduced height make it a great fit for so many of the projects that people are building with their Pis; and we’re excited to be able to make access to computing available at the $25 price we have been aiming at since we incorporated the Raspberry Pi Foundation as a charity. This is the realization of our long-standing ambition to provide the world with a $25 computer.”
The Raspberry Pi Model A board can be ordered now, along with the associated accessories and peripherals, via the RS Components website.
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