Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Raspberry Pi

What is Raspberry Pi?
I don't think I can say it better than the official FAQ:
"The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming."

And some specs, again from the FAQ:

"This contains an ARM1176JZFS, with floating point, running at 700Mhz, and a Videocore 4 GPU. The GPU is capable of BluRay quality playback, using H.264 at 40MBits/s. It has a fast 3D core accessed using the supplied OpenGL ES2.0 and OpenVG libraries.The GPU provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode.
The GPU is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24 GFLOPs of general purpose compute and features a bunch of texture filtering and DMA infrastructure.
That is, graphics capabilities are roughly equivalent to Xbox 1 level of performance. Overall real world performance is something like a 300MHz Pentium 2, only with much, much swankier graphics."

This thingy made a big fuss around it and caught the interest of very many people. The 1st batch of 10000 units was sold in an hour or something.

I got my Raspberry Pi some weeks ago and got some time this days to tinker around it.

Will post soon some tweaks I made and how I got it connected to a Motorola Atrix Lapdock.

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