$35 Raspberry Pi computer goes on sale, promptly sells out

By on February 29, 2012, 1:30 PM

The highly-anticipated $35 Raspberry Pi micro computer went on sale today, just narrowly making the promised February launch window thanks to leap year. The device sold out within a matter of hours and prompted website owners to switch to a static site to help deal with the traffic.

The Raspberry Pi project has been six years in the making and it’s finally time for the development team to bear the fruits of their labor. Well, sort of. According to a post on their website, the units are still en route from China and headed to British companies Premier Farnell and RS Components who will be responsible for manufacturing and distribution.

Although there are two models of the Raspberry Pi computer in development, only the premium Model B was available for purchase today. Both configurations utilize a 700MHz ARM11 processor, HDMI and RCA outputs, a 3.5mm audio jack and an SD card slot. The cheaper Model A has been upgraded to 256MB of RAM and includes one USB 2.0 port. For $10 more, the Model B affords an extra USB port and an Ethernet jack – worthwhile upgrades in our opinion.

If you weren’t able to get your order in for the Model B today, just hang tight as co-founder Eben Upton tells CNN that the cheaper Model A unit will be going into production within the next several weeks. Those interested in up-to-the-minute updates can follow @Raspberry_Pi on Twitter where the team is doing a great job communicating with the public.

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captainawesome captainawesome said:

Can anyone tell me what you will use this for?

bielius bielius said:

Crysis, what else?

Raswan Raswan said:

captainawesome said:

Can anyone tell me what you will use this for?

Any number of things. I'll be using it for an HTPC.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'm going to be using it as a "smart" upgrade to my "dumb" older TVs. They even have a version of XBMC that has been successfully ported to the Pi (raspbmc).

Other than that, it's a good tinkering and education opportunity, which is actually what it was originally conceptualized for. Very low cost & open platform that will appeal to the hacker/maker community. It's the computer equivalent of an Arduino board for many.

ikesmasher said:

Will it run ubuntu?

will someone make a handheld gaming system out of it?

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

let's see some OC numbers! lol

Guest said:

I will use it for cryptography and quantum physics!

chaboi390 said:

got my self one... cant wait !

Raswan Raswan said:

chaboi390 said:

got my self one... cant wait !

Congrats! They sold out so fast, I didn't have a prayer. Hopefully the next shipment comes in soon

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