Raspberry Pi slims down, cuts price

Foundation offers new Pi device, which strips down its features in favour of lower power consumption
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A new Raspberry Pi model has gone on sale in Europe, packing less features with a cheaper price tag.

The new device is the Model A Pi, which was the original Raspberry Pi unveiled at the device's launch back in February last year.

However, it was the Model B circuit board that was released for sale first, which has since gone on to sell over one million units.

The new model Pi uses the same 700MHz Broadcom processor as the current model, but packs just 256MB of RAM, a single USB port and loses its ethernet connection.

With its scaled down features, the new device consumes just a third of the power used by its fellow device and is $10 cheaper, with a price tag of just $25.

The foundation behind the Raspberry PI has aimed the new device at users looking to run projects from battery or solar power sources, such as robots, sensors and other remote creations, and as a result is looking to reduce the device's power consumption even further.

Liz Upton, community manager for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, said: "We are very, very pleased to finally be able to offer you a computer for $25. It’s what we said we’d do all along, and we can’t wait to see what you do with it."

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