Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Feb 2012 09:47 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems This morning, I experienced the nerd equivalent of a Black Friday $50 iPad sale. At 07:00 CET, the first batch of the much-anticipated Raspberry Pi went on sale, and while Raspberry Pi itself was very properly prepared, the two large international retailers actually selling the device weren't - despite warnings from Raspberry Pi about the enormous amount of traffic that would come their way, the two sites crumbled to dust within seconds. There's good news too - the cheaper model A has seen its RAM doubled at no additional cost.
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RE[2]: Low cost PC potential?
by pandronic on Wed 29th Feb 2012 11:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Low cost PC potential?"
pandronic
Member since:
2006-05-18

Yeah, I was thinking about the RAM, it's a bit on the low side considering that it's also shared with the GPU. Also I don't think that the 700Mhz CPU is good enough to do 720p software video decoding. Does the Pi have any built-in codec support?

But anyway, this is less important. Considering the massive success this thing is about to have, there will surely be a Model C with specs along the line of what you said. I can't wait ;)

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RE[3]: Low cost PC potential?
by bhtooefr on Wed 29th Feb 2012 11:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Low cost PC potential?"
bhtooefr Member since:
2009-02-19

The GPU on this thing is actually quite good, as far as cell phone GPUs go.

The SoC on this thing was actually designed as a beefy mobile GPU, with a low-end CPU tacked on for good measure.

So, media and 3D rendering will be excellent despite the slowish CPU (and, my understanding is that everything in the OS land is open source, too - the binary blob runs on the GPU itself).

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RE[4]: Low cost PC potential?
by Neolander on Wed 29th Feb 2012 16:06 in reply to "RE[3]: Low cost PC potential?"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

So, media and 3D rendering will be excellent despite the slowish CPU (and, my understanding is that everything in the OS land is open source, too - the binary blob runs on the GPU itself).

AFAIK, we're talking about a binary blob Linux GPU driver too, just like those of AMD and NVidia on x86.

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RE[3]: Low cost PC potential?
by Morgan on Wed 29th Feb 2012 11:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Low cost PC potential?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Read the specs, it can handle 1080p at 30fps quite smoothly. There's a ton of video proof on Youtube as well. The GPU is the real gem of this device, apart from the fact that the driver is (currently) a binary blob. Broadcom has hinted at opening it up to developers at a later date, probably when the next iteration is released.

Edit: Sorry bhtooefr, I guess I type too slow, I didn't see your post until after I sent mine. ;)

Edited 2012-02-29 11:36 UTC

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