This week, Avram Piltch talks about some of the best and most unknown aspects of the Raspberry Pi computer. The Raspberry Pi entered the market 8 years ago, but with a different purpose than most might think. It was originally intended for Cambridge University, with a planned production of about 1000 units. Today, the brand has sold 31 million units - far more than the organization ever expected to produce.
In those 8 years, there have been at least 18 models made available, with at least one specially produced model. In those models, the RAM has gone from 256MB on the original 1B to an optional 4GB on the 4B. The processing power has also increased significantly, from a single-core 700MHz processor on the original to the quad-core 1.5GHz processor on the current model.
Somehow, even with all of the processing power enhancements over the years, the Raspberry Pi has technically gotten less expensive. The selling price has remained $35, but when you compare the value of the dollar in 2012 versus 2020, the original model would have sold for almost $40 in today's dollars. That means that we have gotten years worth of hardware enhancements for less relative dollars than the original.
While the Raspberry Pi can be found in tons of applications, from web servers to robotics, there is one truly unique location for one of the computers: space. There are two "Astro Pis," which are specially modified Raspberry Pi B+ models (first generation). The computers had to be modified to deal with the oddities of space and to survive onboard the International Space Station. The European Space Agency runs contests to allow school children to have their code run on these computers.
There's a lot more to know about the Raspberry Pi, which can be found in Avram's article at Tom's Hardware.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLuGHiTz Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the DDR community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bar Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and judging engineering notebooks at competitions. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors.
Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.