RS Components Introduces New Raspberry Pi Model A board

RS Components Introduces New Raspberry Pi Model A board 
New $25 module with reduced features provides even lower cost option
with lower power consumption 
OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 02/04/13 -- RS Components
(RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the
world's leading high service distributor of electronics and
maintenance products, has announced it 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
and enthusiasts worldwide. RS has also signed a new global
distribution agreement with The Raspberry Pi Foundation to sell
Raspberry Pis around the world. 
Priced at just $25, the Raspberry Pi Model A contains 256MB RAM, a
single USB port and, unlike the existing Model B version, has no
Ethernet connection. As a result, in addition to costing less, the
new Model A has a lower profile and consumes significantly less power
than the Model B, making it suitable for remote battery-powered
applications such as robotics or data logging, or for creating an
inexpensive media centre in the home. It is also ideal for use in
industrial control and automation applications, which typically
require fewer on-board features for their development.  
"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. "The $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." 
Eben Upton of the Raspberry Pi Foundation added, "We're really
pleased to finally be able to offer the Model A board. The lower
power consumption and reduced height make it a great fit for so many
of the projects that people are building with their Pis; and we're
excited to be able to make access to computing available at the $25
price we have been aiming at since we incorporated The Raspberry Pi
Foundation as a charity. The Model A Raspberry Pis will be shipping
from our distributors very soon, and customers will have them in
their hands from February onwards. This is the realisation of our
long-standing ambition to provide the world with a $25 computer." 
The Raspberry Pi Model A board can be ordered now, along with the
associated accessories and peripherals, via the RS website. Please
note there may be some delays in shipping outside of Europe as the
product is currently awaiting final compliance certification. 
About RS Components  
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of
Electrocomponents plc, the world's leading high service distributor
of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32
countries, we offer more than 550,000 products through the internet,
catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers,
shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from
2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control,
test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components. 
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the
last financial year ended 31 March 2012 had revenues of GBP 1.27bn. 
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This press release and associated images can be downloaded from the
Electrocomponents media centre. 
Further information is available via these links: 
Twitter: @RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS  
RS Components on LinkedIn 
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