When the >Raspberry Pi launched earlier this year, it got a whole lot of attention, selling out in seconds with over 350,000 orders placed in its first month.
What Is The Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a $35 computer that is the size of a credit card. It can be connected to a TV, keyboard and mouse, allowing you to surf the web, watch Full-HD films, and pretty much everything else you would do on a normal PC. It went on sale in April
Raspberry Pi Specs
The Raspberry Pi is powered by an 700MHz ARM CPU, and has support for Blu-ray quality videos such as H.264 @ 40Mb/s. It isn’t exactly a powerhouse, but with that video support it can have many practical uses, like being a multimedia PC that plugs directly into your TV.
CPU & GPU:
- Broadcom BCM2835 700MHz ARM CPU
- FPU and Videocore 4 GPU with support for Open GL ES 2.0, OpenVG, and 1080p playback (H.264)
- GPU has a throughput of 1Gpixel/s / 24GFLOPs with texture filtering and DMA
Memory & Connectivity:
- 256MB RAM
- Bootable SD Card
- Ethernet Ports (LAN)
- HDMI connector (output)
- 2x USB 2.0 Ports
- RCA Video Connector
- 3.5mm stereo jack for audio output
Something A Bit More Powerful
Meet the Cotton Candy USB PC from FXI. The Cotton Candy comes in at a meagre 21 grams, but packs a powerful punch with its 1GHz A9 CPU from Samsung, an ARM 1.2GHz Quad-core GPU, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a HDMI output.
It decodes MPEG-4, H.264 and other video formats and display HD graphics on any HDMI equipped screen.
Although it comes pre-loaded with Android, it can run multiple other operating systems, including Windows, Ubuntu, and other variations of Android.
It can be controlled in a number of ways – over Wi-Fi using an app on your smartphone, or with a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard.
At $200, it’s a lot more expensive than the Raspberry Pi offering, but the Cotton Candy’s specs speak for themselves.