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The New Raspberry Pi: Smaller and Somehow Cheaper

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Raspberry Pi has just managed to do what every technology manufacturer should strive to achieve: it made its basic product both smaller and cheaper at the same time.


The new Model A+ is an overhauled version of the company's base offering, the Model A. While it packs the same Broadcom BCM2835 System-on-a-Chip and 256MB of RAM, it's shrunk in size to just 2.6 inches from 3.4 and now costs $20. It also draws less power. Boom, there's how to update a product right there.

Elsewhere, the new board swaps SD storage for MicroSD and adds 14 GPIO (General-purpose input-output) pins—taking the total to 40. You can already buy one right now. [Raspberry Pi Foundation via Engadget]

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I've always wanted one but I'm not sure what I would do with it. I don't really care about learning to code, I have better options for media streaming, and I don't know where to begin if I wanted to use it like an arduino with sensors and servos. I'm fascinated by them but have no clue why. They're just so small and cheap! Maybe a dedicated emulator for nes/snes/gb/gbc/gba/n64/dos games?