Raspberry Pi Model B released, offering double the RAM

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raspberry-pi-pc.jpgTiny British-built microcomputer, the Raspberry Pi, gets a new model upgrade today. Raspberry Pi Model B will see the computer’s RAM doubled from 256MB to 512MB, at no extra cost over the original model.

Revealed over on the company’s official blog, the Raspberry Pi team state that the added RAM makes the microcomputer far more stable when multitasking, as well as making it a better fit for single-purpose embedded systems.

The additional memory is also an “enabler” to allow the Raspberry Pi to run a version of the Android 4.0 mobile operating system in the future.

And all this for just £26, with many believing that the super-cheap computer could lead to a boom in school-age programmers, with top-level education figures keen to get the Raspberry Pi into classrooms.

Supply should now be able to match demand too, with production having recently shifted from China to a factory in Wales owned by Sony.

This new model follows a recent firmware update which introduced a 1GHz Turbo Boost mode for the processor, safely overclocking the machine without voiding its warranty.

Other improvements brought with the new firmware included Wi-Fi support out of the box, better analogue audio quality and a pre-installed game called PenguinsPuzzle.

Gerald Lynch

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  • Early alpha model shown in the picture. The layout of the ports is different in the production models (including the new model B) — with the audio jack and the video RCA on the same side, and the USB ports and ethernet port on the same side. Also has status lights.

  • Early alpha model shown in the picture. The layout of the ports is difference in the production models (including the new model B) — with the audio jack and the video RCA on the same side, and the USB ports and ethernet port on the same side. Also has status lights.

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