£22 Raspberry Pi computer sells out within hours of launch

£22 Raspberry Pi computer sells out within hours of launch

“The pint-sized PC, which aims to reacquaint British children with computer programming, the £22 Raspberry Pi, sells out on day one.

The Raspberry Pi PC, which went on sale on Wednesday for a paltry £22, has sold out within hours of its launch.

The bare-bones computer, which simply appears as a motherboard with USB and SD ports and without any protective casing, can be connected to a TV, display, keyboard and mouse aims to assist children with learning programming skills.

The Linux-based, credit card-sized device caused a huge stir when it arrived toting a 700MHz processor and 256MB of RAM and is capable of playing 1080p HD video and running power-hungry games.

Stocks of the device, which also comes packing an Ethernet port, will be replenished next month, while an even cheaper version of the device, with less RAM and sans the Ethernet port will also go on sale soon.

Glenn Jarrett, Head of Marketing, Electronics, at manufacturer RS Components says:, “Raspberry Pi provides a revolutionary low cost platform, which opens up programming to a whole new audience. We are very honoured to have been chosen to work with the (Raspberry Pi) Foundation as a distribution partner at the launch of this exciting new tool.”

The stripped-down and practically indestructible gadget aims to wean kids off messing around on Facebook and Twitter and recapture the days when British schoolchildren learned programming on Spectrum and Commodore computers.”

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