Raspberry Pi Board: $25 for an OpenGL ES 2.0 System

Raspberry Pi Board with a Broadcom BCM2835 GPU
Raspberry Pi Board with a Broadcom BCM2835 GPU

The Raspberry Pi is a small board priced at around USD $25 and that embarks an ARM CPU and an OpenGL ES 2.0 capable GPU (a Broadcom BCM2835). Raspberry Pi is actually the core of a Linux-based computer created to teach programming. This board should be available at the end of November 2011.

Raspberry Pi features also a HDMI and composite outputs (for the video), a standard 3.5mm jack for the audio, and an USB port. The board is powered by an external AC adapter, and the power draw of the whole board is around 1W at full load!

Even if the Raspberry Pi is not a gaming platform, it can run Quake 3 Arena at around 20 FPS. Not bad for a 25$ system!

More information is available HERE and HERE.

13 thoughts on “Raspberry Pi Board: $25 for an OpenGL ES 2.0 System”

  1. Marcello

    I wanna buy it! NOW! Finally an ARM system on which I can doo what I want!!

  2. WacKEDmaN

    US$25..awesome price!..my ARM v5l tablet can only run quake2 at like 5fps! no opengl hardware!..and it cost me in the $200 range!..

  3. Epsilon

    It would be interesting as open portable console. It needs only an LCD monitor.

  4. Epsilon


    Yes, you need only to build up a cluster with about 1.000.000 Raspberry Pi boards :-)

  5. CoCoKool

    @Lukas, well undreads of them, but not for 25, usually for around 100 or 125… here is a list:


    There is BeagleBoard, there’s a bunch of clones, and it’s not that hard to actually build your own clone.

    Personally I use ISEE IGEP platform for my hackings. I also built my own device for my own special needs based on OMAP4

  6. CoCoKool

    Also if you really want to do any serious development you are better off buying the $35 Model, with 256Mb of memory… most BB clones have 256 and 512Mb, and a bunch of other stuff like wife, etc…

    Also you will need a USB hub add 10, a mice and keyboard (I recommend wired over wireless), and a display with sound or also sound, also need an AC adapter since this will probably will not be shipping with one, so all in all around 60-80 for the whole system without a monitor.

  7. xcbb

    What other api’s can it do?

    Can it do OpenVG, OpengL (the usual one) 2.0 or 2.1?

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