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Raspberry Pi Miniature PC

Raspberry Pi Miniature PC

The tiny Raspberry Pi PC could sell for just $25 dollars each…

The Raspberry Pi PC is on track to becoming to worlds smallest and cheapest PC. Still in its development stages, the tiny PC showed up earlier this year, but at the time there was no demo it accompany it. Now, the company, founded by David Braben, has released a clip of its mini PC not only working, but running the popular game Quake 3.

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Raspberry Pi Micro PC

Image Credit: Raspberry Pi, 2011.

The Raspberry Pi PC uses a 700MHz ARM processor and has 128MB of RAM running the Linux Debian CLI operating system.

With no on-board storage, games and other software must be run off an SD card, but that doesn’t seem to be problem as the clip shows. The game isn’t being emulated, it’s actually a custom build for the Debian OS, showing that modern software can be tweaked to run on the hardware.

The company says the machine is capable of higher frame rates, but wanted to show that running 1920×1080 video with 4xAA was possible.

Of course, the Raspberry Pi still needs an external LCD, keyboard and storage, however it functions extremely well for a computer of its size.

There are several Micro ATX boards out there but none come close to the cheap $25 price tag. The Raspberry Pi is still a long way from hitting the commercial market, however the team is moving along quickly.

Raspberry Pi Technical Specifications

  • 700MHz ARM11
  • 128MB or 256MB of SDRAM
  • OpenGL ES 2.0
  • 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
  • Composite and HDMI video output
  • USB 2.0
  • SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
  • General-purpose I/O
  • Optional integrated 2-port USB hub and 10/100 Ethernet controller
  • Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)


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  1. Jezuz Diaz: This $25 Tiny Thumb PC Can Actually Run Quake III. Gizmodo, 08/29/2011.
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