No proper blog post today. Why? We’re living out of boxes, I can’t find my coffee mug, and I’m having to use my phone to tether to the internet.
We should be back to normal tomorrow!
We’ve seen rumors floating around the Twittersphere about a new integrated microprocessor and WiFi SOC: the NL6621 from Nufront. Details are still scarce, but that doesn’t seem to be because the chip is vaporware: you could buy modules on Taobao.com and eBay right now for between two-and-a-half and three bucks, and Nufront’s website says they’ve produced a million modules since 2013.
The NL6621 WiFi SOC is powered by a 160 MHz ARM Cortex-M3 with 448 KB of RAM, and everything else is integrated in the SOC. The module has 32 GPIOs, SPI, I2C, I2S digital audio, and most of the peripherals that you’d expect. They say they have a completely open source SDK, but we can’t find a link to it anywhere. An English-language forum has sprung up in anticipation of the next new thing, and they say that they’ve contacted Nufront about the SDK, so that’s probably as good a place as any to lurk around if you’re interested. With an ARM core, it shouldn’t be long before someone gets GCC working on these things anyway.
It’s also worth noting that we’ve announced ESP8266 killers before, and it hasn’t come to pass. The mixture of community and official support that (eventually) came out of Espressif seems to be the main factor determining the ESP8266’s success, and we don’t see that yet with the NL6621. So take the question mark in the title seriously, but if this turns out to be the next big thing, remember where you heard it first, ok?
Thanks [David Hunt] for the tip!
A momentous day: after four years in Mount Pleasant House in Cambridge, we’ve finally outgrown all the available space (insofar as on some days we’re having to sit on each others’ knees), so we’re moving to bigger premises near Cambridge Station.
A bit of housekeeping: we won’t have internet after about 11.30am today, and we don’t expect the network to be up and running first thing on Monday morning in the new digs. (We’re also going to be spending a lot of today and Monday, and some of the rest of next week, emptying all these boxes.) So if you’re trying to get in touch with someone at Raspberry Pi, please give us a few days to get settled!
We’d like to say a big thank you to all of our friends at Mount Pleasant house for being such great neighbours over the years, and especially to the buildings manager Geoff Cooper, who we wish we could take with us.
It’s always tricky relaunching a product, especially one with an established fanbase. With The MagPi, we did so with the readers in mind, trying to create the best magazine we could for you folks while building off the excellent work of the first 30 issues. We’ve come a long way over the last 11 months; releasing in newsagents around the world and being the first magazine to put a computer on the cover.
Now we have a new milestone, and one that we’re very proud of: one million free downloads of the issues in that time period. It says to us that you like what we do, and that you like the magazine remaining available as a free PDF. This is very important to us, as we’re serving an open-source community dedicated to helping people learn computing and experiment with making.
As we push out physical copies to more countries this year, we’re still making sure that the PDF version of The MagPi is available for everyone. We hope you all enjoy The MagPi in 2016, and we look forward to your next million downloads!
Speaking of which, look out for the latest MagPi, coming out tomorrow. Issue 42 has more Raspberry Pi Zero projects for you to try out, a look at the ten best HATs and a tutorial on how to make your own HAT.
Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go celebrate.
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Sjaak has announced that his Hackershop page is now open!
Today is a super exciting day as my friend Ian Lesnet from Dangerousprototypes.com finally got around in rewriting his website (well some parts I guess :) ) He already published parts of the new site (new DirtyPCBS and DirtySLA) , but today he added Hackershops. This enables people, like me, to sell small quantities of DIY electronics to others worldwide. A big plus is that he (and his shop) is located in Shenzhen, China, which means access to very cheap worldwide shopping. He also takes care of Paypal handling, packaging and shipping the goods to you. As a bonus you can also combine shipping for other items from the Hackershop or goods and services from the Dangerous Prototypes store. Can you beat that, Tindie?!
Currently the Soldering iron controller is being packaged by my manufacturer and should be available anytime soon. I also ordered the breakable SMD protoboards which should go directly from the PCB fabhouse to the store.
More info at smdprutser.nl
Of all the things we do at Raspberry Pi, driving down the cost of computer hardware remains one of the most important. Even in the developed world, a programmable computer is a luxury item for a lot of people, and every extra dollar that we ask someone to spend decreases the chance that they’ll choose to get involved.
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The original Raspberry Pi Model B and its successors put a programmable computer within reach of anyone with $20-35 to spend. Since 2012, millions of people have used a Raspberry Pi to get their first experience of programming, but we still meet people for whom cost remains a barrier to entry. At the start of this year, we began work on an even cheaper Raspberry Pi to help these people take the plunge.
Today, I’m pleased to be able to announce the immediate availability of Raspberry Pi Zero, made in Wales and priced at just $5. Zero is a full-fledged member of the Raspberry Pi family, featuring:
Raspberry Pi Zero runs Raspbian and all your favourite applications, including Scratch, Minecraft and Sonic Pi. It is available today in the UK from our friends at element14, The Pi Hut and Pimoroni, and in the US from Adafruit and in-store at your local branch of Micro Center. We’ve built several tens of thousands of units so far, and are building more, but we expect demand to outstrip supply for the next little while.
One more thing: because the only thing better than a $5 computer is a free computer, we are giving away a free Raspberry Pi Zero on the front of each copy of the December issue of The MagPi, which arrives in UK stores today. Russell, Rob and the team have been killing themselves putting this together, and we’re very pleased with how it’s turned out. The issue is jam-packed with everything you need to know about Zero, including a heap of project ideas, and an interview with Mike Stimson, who designed the board.
If you’re looking for cables to go with your free Zero, head over to the newly revamped Swag Store, where we’re offering a bundle comprising a mini-HDMI and a micro-USB adapter for just £4, or alternatively subscribe and we’ll send you them for free.