[Lab] Raspberry Pi

Tom Burns tom.i.burns at gmail.com
Thu Jan 19 10:10:50 EST 2012

Hi Michael

I've been watching this closely.  I have both personal and professional
interest in this board as, for the power it provides it is cheaper than
just a comparably powerful chip.

Here's the rub though:  Did you know that you cannot buy that processor
yourself?  Broadcom only sells it to their partners who sell millions of
units.  The datasheet isn't public either, and the kernel will be binary

I'm really glad the pi is materializing, but I wish I (or my work) could
get their hands on these chips as well.  Frustrating.


On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 10:08 AM, Michael Lechasseur <mlecha at artengine.ca>wrote:

> Anyone following/interested in this new board coming out the of the UK for
> $25? (http://www.raspberrypi.org/)
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?**feature=player_embedded&v=**TgR74Kp6Ws4<http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TgR74Kp6Ws4>
> The computer has hardware video decoding on board. "The GPU is capable of
> BluRay quality playback, using H.264 at 40MBits/s."
> Powered by a 5V microUSB so should be real good on power for an always on
> device.
> Saw another video demoing XBMC (Xbox Media Center) on the device.
> Should be for sale in a week or two.
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