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15 November, 2018 - 10:00 By Kate Sweeney

Raspberry Pi launches new $25 super-micro computer

Cambridge-based technology gamechanger Raspberry Pi is today launching a new low-cost, low-power model micro computer, the 3 A+.

The high-powered computer has been squeezed down to a smaller size and price offering lower power consumption and improved cost-effectiveness for less than the price of a return ticket from London to Cambridge.
 
The new Model A+ sits at the sweet spot between the entry-level $5 Raspberry Pi Zero and the high-end $35 Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ in terms of price, functionality and size.

At just 65x56mm, its compact footprint makes it an ideal option for building small and battery-powered projects such as robots or remote cameras to detect bike thieves, for example, where size, performance and power consumption are critical.

Raspberry Pi adds that it is also an ideal partner for the recently released TV HAT add-on; together the two products can be used to build a high-performance digital terrestrial set-top box for less than $50.

Model A+ features the same 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless networking as Model B+, but without the wired Ethernet connectivity and with half the memory capacity.

Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi (Trading), said: “We’re introducing the new Model A+ to meet demand for what was one of our most commonly requested ‘missing’ products.

“Sitting between the Zero and the Model B+, it’s a great option for anyone who won’t miss the extra memory and wants to save money, both on the device itself and over a lifetime of battery use.”

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity that aims to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. It provides low-cost computers that people use in industry, to learn, and “to make stuff that matters to them.”

Upton adds: “We work with kids all over the world through free Code Clubs and CoderDojos; we train teachers and provide free tutorials; and we support volunteers, teachers and parents to help people everywhere learn about computing.”

Find out more at www.raspberrypi.org
 

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