THE LOW BUDGET Raspberry Pi model B computer is now shipping with 512MB of RAM for the same price.
Resellers Premier Farnell/Element 14 and RS Components are shipping the upgraded Raspberry Pi devices, and the extra RAM will come as a free surprise to some purchasers.
A blog post from the Raspberry Pi Foundation says that the organisation had two choices, either start shipping a more expensive Model C with the extra RAM or just add it to the Model B. Fortunately for users and those with pending orders, it went with the latter.
"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," said Raspberry Pi Foundation founder Eben Upton in a blog post.
"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."
Recently Oracle showed off how a Raspberry Pi computer running Java could be used to control games or a robotic arm. This interest in the Raspberry Pi and Java could have sparked the Foundation's plans.
"One of the most common suggestions we've heard since launch is that we should produce a more expensive 'Model C' version of Raspberry Pi with extra RAM," added Upton.
"This would be useful for people who want to use the Pi as a general-purpose computer, with multiple large applications running concurrently, and would enable some interesting embedded use cases (particularly using Java) which are slightly too heavyweight to fit comfortably in 256MB."
This thought was echoed at Premier Farnell/Element 14, where Mike Buffham, global head of EDE said that the extra memory would enable higher performance applications and services.
"There is real potential to do things like add a touchscreen, then a power back and suddenly the Pi becomes mobile," he explained.
Premier Farnell said that its CPC selling arm has thousands of Raspberry Pi units in stock, and will ship orders placed before 7pm on the same day with no shipping charges.
It added that the £29.95 price will be fixed indefinitely and that it has enough stock to keep punters in Raspberry Pi computers until January next year. µ