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Raspberry PI Model B now has 512Mb of ram

EricTheRed (5613) writes | about 2 years ago


EricTheRed writes "The raspberry pi foundation announced this morning that as of today the Model B is shipping with double the memory — 512Mb of it.

"With this in mind, we’re pleased to announce that from today all Model B Raspberry Pis will ship with 512MB of RAM as standard. If you have an outstanding order with either distributor, you will receive the upgraded device in place of the 256MB version you ordered. Units should start arriving in customers’ hands today, and we will be making a firmware upgrade available in the next couple of days to enable access to the additional memory.""

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They did it again ! (1)

macpacheco (1764378) | about 2 years ago | (#41656173)

512MB of RAM, now the Raspberry PI model B is starting to look like a basic computer that can run android or a regular linux on a compact GUI, properly. Thanks a lot guys ! Actually when you consider that code can run directly out of the CF card (without having to be paged into RAM first), this is somewhat equivalent to a 1GB RAM typical computer. Or am I wrong ?
Looking forward to the 2nd generation Pi, Cortex A9, end of 2013/early 2014 ? It doesn't cost to dream !
The idea isn't to replace the first generation Pi, but instead to offer a more expensive, but a lot more capable device, that actually can be used as a desktop, with the only drawback being the non intel CPU (which for many Linux users is not an issue). 1GB of RAM, dual core Cortex A9, actual on board Ethernet, SATA connector, two USB 2.0 ports, you know, starting to look like a netbook in terms of I/O interfaces. If it could have two Ethernets, it could be a very capable firewall/router, doubling as an ultra compact (but real world) server.
If it could lost US$ 60 including worldwide saver shipping, it would still be very interesting.
The ARM+Linux community owes you many thanks, you've shown all the ARM kit makers that they should lower prices, and in return they will get huge increases in volume. Its not justified to have 50%+ profit margins on ARM dev boards. The lower cost of an ARM CPU should translate into deep savings for those willing to work with ARM instead of Intel.

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