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RS Components is shipping Raspberry Pi Model A in Asia Pacific

Zafar Anjum | March 27, 2013
New US$25 module with reduced features provides even lower cost option with lower power consumption

RS Components (RS) will be shipping the new Model A version of Raspberry Pi, the low-cost, credit card-sized computer board designed to boost the uptake of programming among young people, in Asia Pacific, the trading brand of Electrocomponents announced on 26 March.

Electrocomponents is a leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products.

RS Components has also signed a new global distribution agreement with The Raspberry Pi Foundation to sell Raspberry Pis around the world, the company said in a statement.

Priced at just US$25, the Raspberry Pi Model A contains 256MB RAM, a single USB port and, unlike the existing Model B version, has no Ethernet connection. So, not only it will cost less, the new Model A has a lower profile and consumes significantly less power than the Model B.

"The arrival of the Model A board is great news for anyone wishing to develop low-power applications with their Raspberry Pi," said Glenn Jarrett, Global Head of Product Marketing at RS Components. "The US$25 price point makes it even more attractive to system integrators, and increases accessibility for those working within a restricted budget, such as in education."

The Raspberry Pi Model A board can be ordered now, along with the associated accessories and peripherals, via the RS Components website, the company said in its statement.


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