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$25 Raspberry Pi Comes to the U.S., Sells Out Almost Immediately

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On Monday, the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi A went on sale in the U.S. for $25. Within a couple of hours, the available stock had sold out.

Mashable’s Stan Schroeder reported, “Raspberry Pi, the tiny, ultra-cheap, Linux-based PC, went on sale Monday in the U.S. through retailer Allied Electronics, but it’s already out of stock. The A version of the computer, which only costs $25, has 256MB of RAM, a single USB 2.0 socket, an HDMI, SD card, and 3.5 audio sockets, but no Ethernet port. Available only through Allied, the A is now completely out of stock for U.S. customers.”

The Inquirer’s Lee Bell noted, “The Raspberry Pi model B, which costs $35 and offers two USB slots, 512MB of RAM and an Ethernet port is also out of stock at Allied Electronics, but it can be bought at another US retailer called Newark, which sells only that particular model.”

TechCrunch quoted Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton, who said, “We burned through the first 20,000 units quite quickly, and are building a few thousand a week at the moment, but we don’t have good visibility of sell through yet. I’d expect us to dip in and out of availability for the next month or so until we reach a steady state.'”

CNET’s Lance Whitney observed, “Equipped with an ARM processor, the Pi was originally aimed at children looking to program and hobbyists looking to tinker around. But the small PC seems to have aroused interest among other types of consumers as it can run full games and applications and play HD videos when connected to an external display.”

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