If you happen to be someone in the US impatiently awaiting the arrival of the Raspberry Pi Model A, well your wait has just ended. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the arrival of its Model A version of the Linux powered single board computer in the US. A stripped down version of the already stripped down Model B, this one features a single USB port, 256 MB of RAM and does not get Ethernet connectivity found on Model B. The omission of some of these features means that the price tag has gone down by a notch. At $25, this is $10 cheaper than the $35 Model B. Apart from sporting a lesser price tag, the Model A also consumes less power. Raspberry also adds that future versions of the device would consume lesser power.
It was over a month ago that the Raspberry Pi Foundation bought the Model A to Europe. Back then, they had announced that US availability would be announced at a later date. Allied Electronics is the reseller for Raspberry devices in the US
It was back in November 2012 that Raspberry’s Liz Upton commented about the both Mode A and B would come loaded with different types of applications and that the kind of applications loaded on to each of these devices would differ.
“We’re anticipating that those of you who buy the Model A will be using it for different applications from Model B owners. Model A has no Ethernet and only one USB slot – and importantly, it consumes much less power than a Model B because the Ethernet chip’s missing,” she said. “We’re seeing demand for the Model A from people making industrial control modules, from roboticists, from people doing automation, for a bunch of headless operations – and, significantly, for people who want to use the Pi as a very cheap media centre.”