Posted March 9, 2012 by michael_g in Hardware for HTPC
 
 

Raspberry Pi DIY media streamer

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There has been a lot of buzz on the internet about the Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi is a small computer about the size of a credit card that is selling for $25.00. What can this compact computer be used for? The sky is the limit, but were going to talk about using it as a media streamer.

 

These first two version of the Raspberry Pi share the same core features, but Model A has one less USB and has no ethernet connection. The Broadcom SoC contains the ARM1176JZFS, with a vector floating point co-processor. This SoC runs at 700Mhz, and has a Videocore 4 GPU. This GPU is capable of 1080p playback, using H.264 at 40MBits/s.

 

Additional RAM cannot be added since existing RAM isn’t removable or replaceable. If you’re wondering what OS you could run on this Fedora, Debian, OpenELEC and ArchLinux are supported.

When you purchase one, you will still need to purchase separately a SD card and power supply. You can purchase pre-loaded SD cards if you aren’t comfortable with putting an OS on one. For more information on loading a OS on the Raspberry Pi take a look at this link.

I bet you are already thinking about what kind of case you can wrap around this device. Well.. Here are a bunch ready to ship to you. Link

Model A Specs

 

  • 256 mb RAM
  • 1 – USB 2.0 port
  • 1- HDMI
  • 1 – Composite video
  • 1 – 3.5mm jack
  • Dimensions – 85.60mm x 53.98mm x 17mm
  • Weight – 45 g
  • 1- SD card slot
  • Broadcom BCM2835  ARM 11 700 mhz
  • Micro USB for power supply minimum 300 mA

Model B Specs

  • 256 mb RAM
  • 2 – USB 2.0 port
  • 1 – Ethernet port
  • 1- HDMI
  • 1 – Composite video
  • 1 – 3.5mm jack
  • Dimensions – 85.60mm x 53.98mm x 17mm
  • Weight – 45 g
  • 1- SD card slot
  • Broadcom BCM2835  SoC
  • Micro USB for power supply minimum 700 mA

 

Before the Raspberry Pi was ready to ship out the OpenELEC team announced they have a working ARM port of their popular software.

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