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This page collects information about Raspberry Pi Foundation's ultra-low-cost (~15UKP or 25USD) Linux computer for teaching computer programming to children.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK registered charity (Registration Number 1129409) which exists to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing. We expect this computer to have many other applications both in the developed and the developing world.

Please note that the Raspberry Pi isn't released yet - this page is a community work in progress in preperation for the launch



The following are general-interest industry events and are not an indication that Raspberry Pi will be attending, exhibiting or speaking at the event. For Raspberry Pi event and speaker schedule, please contact press@raspberrypi.org.

Provisional specification

The first product is about the size of a credit card, and is designed to plug into a TV or be combined with a touch screen for a low cost tablet. The expected price is $25 for a fully-configured system.

  • 700MHz Broadcom media processor featuring an ARM11 (ARM1176JZF-S) core, Broadcom GPU core, DSP core and support for Package-on-Package (PoP) RAM
  • 128MiB (Model A) or 256MiB of SDRAM (Model B), stacked on top of the CPU as a PoP device
  • OpenGL ES 2.0
  • 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
  • Composite and HDMI video output
  • One USB 2.0 port provided by the BCM2835
  • SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
  • General-purpose I/O (About 16 3v3) and various other interfaces, brought out to 1.27mm pin-strip
  • Optional integrated 2-port USB hub and 10/100 Ethernet controller (Model B)
  • Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)
  • Capability to support various expansion boards


Estimated availability (as of 1st August 2011) is end of November 2011. Initially, there will be shipping from the UK and possibly the US, but will probably expand with local distributors by the second quarter of 2012.


A protective case is an often-cited required accessory. Cases are likely to be offered both directly from Raspberry Pi and from 3rd party companies such as Special Computing.

Power Adapters

Provisional information is that the boards will feature a Coax-style DC Jack connector accepting 6-20v (or possibly 5-16v)

Expansion boards

It is likely that expansion boards will be offered both by Raspberry Pi Foundation and by 3rd parties.

Beginners guide

You just got your new Raspberry Pi device, and now? See beginners guides.


The first product is about the size of a credit card, and is designed to plug into a TV or be combined with a touch screen accessory for a low cost tablet. The product will be available in two configurations: Model A and Model B. The expected price is $25 for a fully-configured Model-A system and around $35 for a Model B.


(PCB IDs are those of the Model B Alpha board)

Based on a new Broadcom BCM2835 media processor.

  • SoC: Broadcom BCM2835 media procesor system-on-chip featuring:
    • CPU core: ARM1176JZF-S ARM11 core clocked at 700MHz; ARM VFP.
    • GPU core: an unnamed Broadcom proprietary GPU providing Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode. There are 24 GFLOPS of general purpose compute and a bunch of texture filtering and DMA infrastructure. Eben worked on the architecture team for this and the Raspberry Pi team are looking at how they can make some of the proprietary features available to application programmers
    • DSP core: There is a DSP, but there isn't currently a public API (Liz thinks the BC team are keen to make one available at some point)
    • RAM: 128MiB (Model A) or 256MiB (Model B) of SDRAM. The RAM is physically stacked on top of the Broadcom media processor (package-on-package technology)
  • J1: DC Jack (6-20v input provisionally)
  • J2: UART serial console (debug)
  • J3: SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot (underside)
  • J4: HDMI connector providing HDMI 1.3a out
  • J5 or J9: GPU JTAG (ARM11 pinout; no-fit on production boards)
  • J6: Audio connector: 3.5mm stereo jack
  • J7: Composite Video connector: RCA
  • J8: Either 1x USB 2.0 (Model A) or LAN9512 (Data Brief | Data Sheet) providing 10/100Mb Ethernet and 2x USB 2.0 (J10: Model B)
  • J10: 10/100Mb RJ45 Ethernet jack
  • J11, J14: 1.27mm header providing ~16 GPIOs at 3v3, I2C and SPI interfaces and ARM JTAG.
  • J12: 1.27mm header providing DSI interface
  • J13: 1.27mm header providing MIPI CSI-2 interface

  • Board size: Credit-card or smaller.
  • Weight: <40g? (Alpha board weighs ~55g[1])
  • Currently 6 layer PCB; target: 4 layer


Documentation will presumably be available when the product is release (current target ~November 2011)

Schematic / Layout



  • Provisional main CPU clock speed is 700MHz
  • No data currently released on the GPU or other component clock speeds

Power management

  • Target power consumption is <1W (This is for the A version, no power consumed from the USB plug.)

Preliminary Alpha board power usage measurements. This is with graphics output on the HDMI port, no power from USB plugs.

  • Input 7.5V, ~180mA Linux running only with prompt.
  • Input 7.5V, ~300mA heavy graphics running on system.

DLP Pico projector

The boards have both Composite and HDMI outputs so should interface with a range of DLP Pico projectors on the market.

Interfacing to Raw LCD Panels

No data currently available.

If the touchscreen interface talks via USB, they choose Linux as an OS, and there's Linux support for the touchscreen, the answer would be "yes".

General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO), I2C, I2S, SPI

There are approximately 16 spare GPIOs, which are brought out to 1.27mm pin-strip. Voltage levels are 3v3. The connector choice is deliberately annoying to connect to directly; there is no over-voltage protection on the board so the intention is that people interested in serious interfacing will use an external board with buffers, level conversion and analog I/O rather than soldering directly onto the main board.

We also bring 2x I2C (3v3), I2S and an SPI (3v3) interface out to the same connector. We support one slave interface for I2C and one for SPI.


We also bring out MIPI CSI-2 & DSI interfaces to a 1.27 mm pinstrip.


HDMI-CEC is supported by hardware but some driver work will be needed and currently isn't exposed into Linux userland.

Eben notes that he has seen CEC demos on the Broadcom SoC they are using.


The boards do not include NAND or NOR storage - everything is on the SD card, which has a FAT32 partition with GPU firmware and a kernel image, and an EXT2 partition with the rootfs.

We're not currently using a bootloader - we actually boot via the GPU, which contains a proprietary RISC core (wacky architecture ;) . The GPU mounts the SD card, loads GPU firmware and brings up display/video/3d, loads a kernel image, resets the SD card host and starts the ARM.

You could replace the kernel image with a bootloader image, and that would work fine.


Code and binaries for Raspberry Pi will be available at various places from launch.




The Broadcom processor on Raspberry Pi contains an ARM v6 general purpose processor and a GPU of currently unknown origin. No data is currently available on other cores (if any) available in the BCM2835.


There is broad compiler support including gcc - please see ARM Compilers

The ARM is capable of around 500 BOGOMIPS [2] or 5400 LINPACK KFLOPS[3].


The GPU provides APIs for Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode.

The GPU is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24 GFLOPs of general purpose compute and features a bunch of texture filtering and DMA infrastructure - the Raspberry Pi team are looking at how they can make this available to application programmers.

The GPU blob is an 18MB as an elf file, plus libraries. It does an awful lot. [4]


There is a DSP, but there isn't currently a public API (Liz thinks the BC team are keen to make one available at some point).

Development environments

Instead of just using compiler + editor, you can use complete image create "development tool chains" which integrate compiler, build system, packaging tools etc. in one tool chain.


Ubuntu is currently listed as the default distribution on the Raspberry Pi website, but they have now stated they will not be supporting the ARMv6 architecture, so Ubuntu is likely to be dropped.

Eben says (regarding default distribution): "Either Ubuntu or Fedora; the main point in Fedora’s favour is their ongoing support for ARMv6 architectures."



Eben says (regarding default distribution): "Either Ubuntu or Fedora; the main point in Fedora’s favour is their ongoing support for ARMv6 architectures."



ShiftPlusOne has documented the work needed to get a QEmu environment up and running: http://raspi.springnote.com/

Meego & XBMC

The MeeGo project provides a Linux-based, open source software platform for the next generation of computing devices. The MeeGo software platform is designed to give developers the broadest range of device segments to target for their applications, including netbooks, handheld computing and communications devices, in-vehicle infotainment devices, smart TVs, tablets and more – all using a uniform set of APIs based on Qt. XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. Meego TV 1.2 uses XBMC as a reference GUI (that is, a starting point for creating a custom GUI).

http://www.madeo.co.uk/?p=783 http://www.madeo.co.uk/?page_id=605




Debian ARM

http://www.debian.org/ports/arm/ Boot time depends on width & speed of SD-card. Alpha board boot into Debian prompt (no GUI) was timed taking about 34 seconds.


RISC OS is a fast and lightweight computer operating system designed in Cambridge, England by Acorn. First released in 1987, its origins can be traced back to the original team that developed the ARM microprocessor. RISC OS includes BBC BASIC which was primarily conceived to teach programming skills as part of the BBC computer literacy project.



GeeXboX is a free and Open Source Media-Center purposed Linux distribution for embedded devices and desktop computers. GeeXboX is not an application, it’s a full-featured OS, that one can boot as a LiveCD, from a USB key, an SD/MMC card or install on its regular HDD. The GeeXboX distribution is lightweight and designed for one single goal: embed all major multimedia applications as to turn your computer into an HTPC.



Scratchbox is a cross-compilation toolkit designed to make embedded Linux application development easier. It also provides a full set of tools to integrate and cross-compile an entire Linux distribution. To find out what it can do, take a look at some of the documentation.



OpenEmbedded is a build framework and cross-compile environment for embedded Linux.




Other software


From Eben: "We'll have to take a look. We support hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and have had Flash Lite running incredibly fast. Personally, I'd like to get the official hardware-accelerated Flash 10 going on there, running against OpenGL ES 2.0, but that's something to think about after the launch."

Software hints

This section collects hints, tips & tricks for various software components.

Graphics accelerator

The GPU is a Broadcom Videocore IV.


The Arm has been tested using the linpack benchmark from [1], built with gcc with -O3 (Optimisation level 3). Run with array size 200.

With software floating point

Memory required: 315K.

LINPACK benchmark, Double precision. Machine precision: 15 digits. Array size 200 X 200. Average rolled and unrolled performance:

      2   0.53  92.45%   1.89%   5.66%   5493.333
      4   1.07  92.52%   2.80%   4.67%   5385.621
      8   2.12  92.45%   2.36%   5.19%   5466.003
     16   4.24  92.45%   2.83%   4.72%   5438.944
     32   8.49  92.11%   2.71%   5.18%   5459.213
     64  16.98  92.05%   2.89%   5.06%   5452.440

Hardware floating point (-mfloat-abi=softfp)

Memory required: 315K. LINPACK benchmark, Double precision. Machine precision: 15 digits. Array size 200 X 200. Average rolled and unrolled performance:

      8   0.51  90.20%   3.92%   5.88%  22888.889
     16   1.02  89.22%   4.90%   5.88%  22888.889
     32   2.05  90.24%   3.41%   6.34%  22888.889
     64   4.08  91.42%   2.94%   5.64%  22829.437
    128   8.16  91.54%   2.94%   5.51%  22799.827
    256  16.31  91.35%   2.76%   5.89%  22903.800


  • For Raspberry Pi frequently asked questions (FAQ) see FAQ.
  • Raspberry Pi Forum FAQ: Forum FAQ

News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi


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Raspberry Pi wiki pages






Home page

raspberrypi.org (RaspberryPi home)

  • Using Google you can search raspberrypi.org (including Forum) using site:raspberrypi.org <search term>. The home page and forum each have their own search facilitiy also.

Manuals and resources

Contact and communication


Education & Training materials


Raspberry Pi plans to support Python and C as primary teaching languages, but expect to have some sort of BASIC on there too. Perhaps even BBC BASIC or SuperBASIC depending on copyright issues.

Programming languages, IDEs, etc

Graphical Programming



See also Category:Education

Past events



Products are RoHS and CE compliant. Please contact Raspberry Pi for details regarding WEEE in your country.


Raspberry Pi will ship worldwide to the best of their ability (ie subject to UK export and local import laws).

Raspberry Pi devices will ship from the UK (and possibly US) and Raspberry Pi will be looking to sign up distribution partners in due course.

To have an idea of shipping cost why don't you look at the Royal Mail website: http://sg.royalmail.com/portal/rm/PriceFinder?catId=23500532&gear=pricingcalc&campaignid=pricefinder_redirect

Look for a package just bigger then 85mm x 55mm x 30mm, weight about 55 grams.

As an example: New Zealand, small package 100grams, air mail 5 days : £2.05


  • The layout for this page is based on the excellent BeagleBoard page on this site.
  • Some of the text on this page has been adapted from contributions made by the contributors to the BeagleBoard page on this site.


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