9 itsy-bitsy, teeny-weenie computers
No, they're not bikinis, but just as exciting
By Howard Wen | Network World US | Published: 17:35, 23 July 2012
There’s a 'tiny' revolution unfolding in the personal computer industry led by the Raspberry Pi, which has become so popular that it’s difficult to buy one right now. The idea of small computers is being driven by hardware hackers and hobbyists. Here are eight products, and a project in development, that are leading the effort to make PCs small enough to slip into your pocket.
Raspberry Pi is actually not that technically impressive, but since it hit the market before anybody else, it’s quickly gained a cult following among device tinkerers and free software developers due to its hackability and, especially, price: $25 for the lower-end 'A' model and $35 for 'B'. For $35, you get a 'naked' PCB (the Raspberry Pi doesn’t even come with a housing) measuring 3.37 by 2.13 by 0.67 inches (85.60 by 53.98 by 17 mm) with a Broadcom BCM2835 system-on-chip; 256MB RAM; Ethernet, HDMI and two USB ports; and SD card slot. The less expensive “A” model is missing the Ethernet and one USB port. A third version with more features is set for release sometime later this year.