RS COMPONENTS IS SHIPPING THE NEW RASPBERRY PI MODEL A IN ASIA PACIFIC
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --
New US$25 module with reduced features provides
even lower cost option with lower power consumption
RS Components ( http://www.rs-components.com/index.html ) (RS), the trading
brand of Electrocomponents plc (http://www.electrocomponents.com/ ) (LSE:ECM),
the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has announced it will be shipping the new Model A version of Raspberry Pi, the low-cost, credit card-sized computer board designed to boost the uptake of programming among young people and enthusiasts worldwide. RS Components has also signed a new global distribution agreement with The Raspberry Pi Foundation ( http://www.raspberrypi.org/ ) to sell Raspberry Pis around the world.
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Priced at just US$25, the Raspberry Pi Model A contains 256MB RAM, a single USB port and, unlike the existing Model B version, has no Ethernet connection.
As a result, in addition to costing less, the new Model A has a lower profile and consumes significantly less power than the Model B, making it suitable for remote battery-powered applications such as robotics or data logging, or for creating an inexpensive media centre in the home. It is also ideal for use in industrial control and automation applications, which typically require fewer on-board features for their development.
"The arrival of the Model A board is great news for anyone wishing to develop low-power applications with their Raspberry Pi," said Glenn Jarrett, Global Head of Product Marketing at RS Components. "The US$25 price point makes it even more attractive to system integrators, and increases accessibility for those working within a restricted budget, such as in education."
Eben Upton of the Raspberry Pi Foundation added, "We're really pleased to finally be able to offer the Model A board. The lower power consumption and
reduced height make it a great fit for so many of the projects that people are building with their Pis; and we're excited to be able to make access to computing available at the US$25 price we have been aiming at since we incorporated the Raspberry Pi Foundation as a charity. This is the realisation of our long-standing ambition to provide the world with a US$25 computer."
The Raspberry Pi Model A board can be ordered now, along with the associated accessories and peripherals, via the RS Components website (
About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer
more than 550,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2012 had revenues of GBP1.27bn.
For more information, please visit: the website at www.rs-components.com.
Further information is available via these links:
Twitter: @RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
RS Components on Linkedin
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