The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the launch of the cheaper version of the Raspberry Pi, the Model A.
According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation the first batch of model A’s will be available first only in Europe however this is merely a temporary limitation as they also state that the rest of the world will be able to order ‘very soon’.
With the Model A the Foundation intend to increase the penetration of home, hobbyist, and educational, computing/programming even further by producing a cut down version of the original which will be cheaper to produce, and more importantly for consumers, cheaper to buy.
As well as reducing the price considerably this cut down specification also however brings impressive benefits with regard to power consumption and amazingly the Model A consumes only a third of the power used by the earlier Model B which is bound to be of interest to users running on portable power sources such as batteries or solar power.
So what are the changes?
Well very little really and the video below discusses these although basically they’ve removed the Ethernet connection, there’s now only one USB port and the SDRAM has been reduced from 512MB to 256MB.
The Model A is now available for £19 which roughly equates to $30 or €22.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation discuss this further in their blog here.