True to Broadcom’s spirit of innovation, we’re proud to co-sponsor the latest in a series of “Raspberry Jams”— informal meetups for fans of the $25 Raspberry Pi computer that’s being used to promote programming and other basic computer science skills in schools.
Developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the credit card-sized computer has captured the imagination of techies, teacher, hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers since its launch earlier this year. It is the brainchild of the foundation, which was co-founded by Eben Upton, an Associate Technical Director in the Mobile and Wireless Group at Broadcom’s Cambridge office who lends his passion, as well as his technology skills, to the U.K-based charity foundation.
The Raspberry Pi computer is not a traditional desktop or laptop computer that consumers are familiar with but instead is a simple board designed to plug into a TV or be combined with a touch screen to create a low-cost tablet.
Mice, keyboards, network adapters, external storage and other peripherals connect via a USB hub and memory is added with an SD card. The pocket-size board is based on a Broadcom system-on-a-chip (SoC) and coupled with open-source software to do much of what a desktop PC does, including streaming HD video. Sales of the Raspberry Pi have far exceeded expectations, Upton said, with about a quarter of a million sold since they began shipping in February.
Broadcom is partnering with Upton and Raspberry Jam founder Alan O’Donohoe for today’s Raspberry Jam event in Bristol, U.K., where more than 100 fans are set to gather on Aug. 20 to share tips, tricks and hacks they’ve created to maximize the versatile, cost-effective devices. Attendees will be able to view demos of the Raspberry Pi and learn from others who’ve made useful and creative modifications to the computer.
There have been several Raspberry Jams in recent months as a community of tinkerers and educators have discovered more uses for the Raspberry Pi. Organizers of the Jam in Bristol said interest in such events has been spreading across the U.S., Europe, Australia and Singapore.
- Highlights from last month’s Raspberry Jam in Cambridge.
- How to Summon Your Child’s Inner Coder: 10 Questions With Raspberry Pi Inventor Eben Upton
- Engadget’s coverage of Raspberry Pi
- Raspberry Pi to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich