We are taking a few days off. Orders can still be placed and
will be shipped, but we will not be able to process support
requests before September.
Raspberry Pi Model A
256 MB RAM, 1 USB Port
The Raspberry Pi (short: RPi or RasPi) is an ultra-low-cost credit-card sized computer board
which was conceived with the primary goal of teaching computer programming to children.
It's also a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does,
like spreadsheets and word-processing, it even plays high-definition video.
Or you can use it as a small server for applications like
Or as a gaming or emulation system (for example built into a C64 case with the
Or something entirely different, it's up to you. :-)
The system must be booted from an SD card
card images are freely available), other mass storage devices can be connected via USB.
Model A Features:
- SoC: Broadcom BCM2835 (CPU, GPU and SDRAM)
- CPU: 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S core (ARM11 family)
- GPU: Broadcom VideoCore IV, OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenVG 1080p30 H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High-Profile decoder
- Memory (SDRAM): 256 Megabytes (MiB)
- Video output: Composite RCA, HDMI
- Audio output: 3.5 mm, HDMI
- Mass storage: SD/MMC slot
- USB: one USB2.0 ports
- Power supply: 5V via microUSB
- Dimensions: 85.6 mm x 53.98 mm
Model A Notes:
The Model A of the Raspberry Pi is a stripped-down version of the
there is no Ethernet, only one USB port and half the memory
(256 MB instead of 512 MB). What sounds like a disadvantage,
does not necessarily have to be one. The missing features do not only
lower the price, they also lower the board's power consumption: The
Model A only needs about two thirds of the power the
Model B draws, so it's the perfect base for projects that need
to be powered by batteries or solar cells.
New Out Of Box Software: NOOBS
We no longer offer cards with Raspbian or XBMC or RiscOS, since they
are now all included in the marvellous new software package
NOOBS currently features the following operating systems:
Raspbian is already present on the card (vanilla version and a version
that boots directly into Scratch), the other operating systems must be
loaded from the internet.
- OpenELEC (XBMC)
You simply select one of these operating systems for installation, and it
will be booted on the next start. The operating system can be changed any
time later, just hold the Shift key while booting. If you'd like to order
a card pre-installed with NOOBS, please select it in the configuration menu.
Raspberry Pi and the Raspberry Pi logo are trademarks of the
Raspberry Pi Foundation.