Minecraft for Raspberry Pi

The little tiny Raspberry Pi will get its first exclusive game. Now, if you don’t know anything about Raspberry Pi, read this article about it. But if you don’t have the time for it, in short you should know that Raspberry Pi is that tiny mini PC that costs $25 and is the size of a USB flash drive.

The first game to run officially on it will a port of the popular Minecraft (more exactly Minecraft: Pocket Edition) the indie sandbox survival game developed by Mojang. Also known as Minecraft: Pi Edition, the game was officially announced at Minecon in Paris. The interesting thing about this version of Minecraft is that it will feature support for several programming languages that will allow any user not only to play it, but also to modify it while playing. You can literally break the code and manipulate anything in the game.

Mojang’s Owen Hill explains. “You could organize the cheapest LAN party of all time, or use the Pi to learn the fundamentals of programming on a miniscule budget. It’s like hacking your way into Minecraft and modifying the game world with code, a bit like being [game developers] Notch, Jeb, or Nathan, but arguably more fun and less stressful”.

The game will be available for free soon at the official Raspberry Pi website.

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Low powered Mini PC for embedded and in-vehicle apps

Stealth Computer is known for creating small and accessible equipments and they just released a cool new device, the Stealth LPC-125LPM Mini PC designed specifically for in-vehicle and embedded applications. This cool ultra low-powered computer measures just 4.0″ x 6.1″ x 1.45″ (102mm x 155mm x 37mm) and weights 1.2 pounds (0.54kg).

Inside this small PC you’re going to find an energy saving Intel D525 Pineview 1.8GHz Dual Core CPU which provides plenty of performance for most embedded and in-vehicle applications. Getting more into it, the LPC-125LPM mini PC features a multitude of I/O connectivity built directly into its small design such as; Gigabit LAN, 3-USB, 2-Serial, Video, Audio In/Out, 2-PS/2 ports and 1-external express card slot. The LPC-125LPM also features an internal Mini-PCIe card slot for special expansion capability and supports up to 4GB of DDR3 SODIMM memory.

The LPC-125LPM computer comes standard with a 55GB solid state drive (SSD) providing for extended operating temperatures, vibration and shock. The PC will operate from -10 to +60C or 14 to 140F. If extended temperature, shock and vibration is not a concern the ultra small computer can be configured with a 2.5″ mobile hard drive with capacities up to 750GB. Systems are compatible with Microsoft Windows 7/XP, Linux etc and can be custom configured to meet the exact needs of the OEM or end user.

Specs on base configuration:

  • Low Power/Wide Temperature Design
  • Start Up/Shut Down Delay Features
  • Micro Form Factor
    Only 4.0″ x 6.1″ x 1.45″ in size
  • Intel Dual-Core D525 processor, 1.8GHz
  • 2 Core/4 Threads (2C/4T), 1MB L2 Cache
  • 55GB Solid State Drive, MLC (2.5″)
  • Onboard (2) x RS232 COM ports
  • On-board VGA Video output
  • Onboard ExpressCard/34 Slot
  • Internal Mini-PCIe Slot
  • Panel/Wall Mount Brackets
  • 1-Year Warranty

The LPC-125LPM is currently shipping with base pricing starting at $895.00 USD.

More info here.

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Rasberry Pi – a $25 mini computer with the size of a USB flash drive

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK registered charity with the goal to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, with the idea to “put the fun back into learning computing“.

Raspberry Pi’s first product is a mini PC with the size of a USB flash drive, and is designed to plug into a TV or be combined with a touch screen for a low cost tablet. Price? Around $25 for a fully-configured system.

Rasberry Pi’s mini PC sports a ARM11 processor clocked at 700MHz, 128MB of SDRAM, USB 2.0, 1080p decoding, composite and HDMI output, multi-card slot (SD/MMC/SDIO), OpenGL ES 2.0, general-purpose I/O, and open software (such as Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python).

Well, at this stage, the Rasberry Pi’s mini PC  it is just a PCB (printed circuit board) populated with electronic components and some ports attached.

Although, David Braben (the creator of this mini PC) is expecting to have these computers for sale within 12 months and at the cost of just $25, the project could put a working PC into the hands of kids and people from undeveloped countries.


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Stealth.Com Introduces a New Powerful Mini-PC with Core i7/i5/i3 Processors

Stealth Computer Mini PC

Stealth Computer Mini PC

Stealth Computer has released their most powerful and advanced mini pc yet, the LPC-670 LittlePC. The new Stealth LPC-670 small form factor PC offers tremendous power in a tiny package that measures 6.5″ x 6″ and less than 2″ in height. The diminutive machine is about the size of a hard cover novel yet surpasses performance of computers many times its physical size.

The LPC-670 mini PC features a multitude of I/O connectivity built into its impressively small design such as; Gigabit LAN, Wi-Fi 802.11g, 4-USB 2.0, Serial, DVI-I, Audio and HDMI ports. The LPC-670 supports up to 8GB in DDR3 memory and has a built-in 2.5″ mobile hard drive with up to 750GB’s of storage space for archived data. For applications that require extra high shock, vibration and wide temperature ranges optional SSD (Solid State Hard Drive) are available. A slim DVD/CD-RW optical drive comes standard with an optional Blu-ray burner available. The LPC-670 operates from an external 20VDC power adapter (included) or can be connected to an external DC source of 12 to 20VDC, ideal for mobile and in-vehicle applications. Systems are compatible with Microsoft Windows 7/XP, Linux etc and can be custom configured to meet the exact needs of the end user. Stealth’s new LPC-670 Small Form PC is currently shipping with a base price starting at $1,650.00 USD.

Stealth products are ideal for demanding applications within the Industrial, Commercial, Scientific Research, Military, Public Safety, Utility, Transportation, mining and Telecommunications markets.

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