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Raspberry Pi Model B Upgraded To 512MB RAM

Good (and bad) news for Raspberry Pi lovers, the Model B has been upgraded to 512MB RAM from 256MB.

Eben Upton writes on the official blog, “One of the most common suggestions we’ve heard since launch is that we should produce a more expensive “Model C” version of Raspberry Pi with extra RAM. This would be useful for people who want to use the Pi as a general-purpose computer, with multiple large applications running concurrently, and would enable some interesting embedded use cases (particularly using Java) which are slightly too heavyweight to fit comfortably in 256MB.”

That extra RAM means extra cost. Yes, market may be willing to pay more price for it but the Raspberry team seems to be “very attached to $35 as the highest price point.” So the team has decided to ship all Model B Raspberry Pi units with 512MB as strandard at the _same_ price of $35.

Bad news is for those who already got their Model B shipments because all those who have outstanding orderes with either distributors will get the *upgraded* version of the device, means with 512MB RAM instead of 256MB. The upgraded devices should be arriving to customers from today onwards. Raspberry Pi team will be pushing a firmware upgrade soon so these news devices can detect and use the additional RAM.

How do you feel if you have already ordered your Raspberry Pi Model B

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Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.