Raspberry Pi Hits 512MB RAM, Doubles Usefulness


Double the memory or half the Alzheimers?

The Raspberry Pi Model B, Raspberry’s flagship $25 computer, was updated to 512MB of RAM today.  Computers in the $25-$35 range with low power consumption can be an important and economical solution for many projects.  The Raspberry Pi can wear many hats, but the low memory ceiling of 256MB has limited it’s usefulness to some degree.

Now, with twice the memory, there is hardly any reason not to buy this model over its cheaper sibling.  Apparently, –and not surprisingly– a bump in RAM has been asked for by many users in Raspberry’s community, but they have decided not to act until the offering would be economical enough to meet their well-known price points.

From the announcement:

The downside of this suggestion for us is that we’re very attached to $35 as our highest price point. 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.

We’ve yet to get our hands on a Raspberry Pi here at The Powerbase — surprisingly — but this upgrade certainly has us drooling.  Not only are we drooling but we are frantically trying to imagine uses for these all over our homes.

Did any Powerbase readers get one of these guys in the mail this morning?  If so, tell us all about it in the comments.  What are you using yours for?

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About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.