Raspberry Pi can connect to your HDTV (HDMI) or old box having RCA input (composite) and turns it into a full-featured computer that can run various distributions of Linux Operating System (download links below).
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools.
The Raspberry Pi has a Broadcom BCM2835 system on a chip (SoC), which includes an ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor VideoCore IV GPU.
The Foundation provides Debian and Arch Linux ARM distributions for download. Also planned are tools for supporting Python as the main programming language, with support for BBC BASIC, (via the RISC OS image or the "Brandy Basic" clone for Linux), C, and Perl.
Raspberry Pi Linux Specs:
Broadcom BCM2835 (CPU, GPU, DSP, SDRAM, and single USB port)
700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S core (ARM11 family)
Broadcom VideoCore IV, OpenGL ES 2.0, MPEG-2 and VC-1 (with license), 1080p h.264/MPEG-4 AVC high-profile decoder and encoder
512 MB (shared with GPU) as of 15 October 2012
USB 2.0 ports:
2 (via integrated USB hub)
Composite RCA (PAL and NTSC), HDMI (rev 1.3 & 1.4), raw LCD Panels via DSI
14 HDMI resolutions from 640×350 to 1920×1200 plus various PAL and NTSC standards.
3.5 mm jack, HDMI
SD / MMC / SDIO card slot
10/100 Ethernet (RJ45) via USB hub
8 × GPIO, UART, I2C bus, SPI bus with two chip selects, +3.3 V, +5 V, ground
700 mA (3.5 W)
5 volt via Micro USB or GPIO header
85.60 mm × 53.98 mm (3.370 in × 2.125 in)
45 g (1.6 oz)
Debian GNU/Linux, Raspbian OS, Fedora, Arch Linuc ARM, RISC OS, FreeBSD, Plan 9
Video: You can opt video option as per type of your display. R-Pi is having 2 video output options: RCA Composite Video and HDMI.
1.) RCA Composite Video: This cable may be used to connect to a legacy TV having color coded input connector options - Yellow, White, Red.
2.) HDMI Cable: This cable is used to connect to HD TV/Display using HDMI port.
3.) HDMI to VGA Adapter: This adapter is used when you want to connect your VGA monitor using HDMI Port of Raspberry Pi.
Audio: R-Pi has two options for Audio output - HDMI and 3.5mm Audio Jack.
1.) Phono-RCA Cable: This cable has 1x3.5mm Jack at one end that connects to R-Pi and other end 2xRCA Stereo Audio that can connect to most of the stereo speaker systems.
2.) HDMI Cable: HDMI Video Cable can transmit Video and Audio both.
Networking: R-Pi can easily connect to your existing network using two supported options: Wired and Wireless.
1.) Wired - RJ45 Ethernet Cable: This cable is used for Wired connection to your network using Ethernet Port of Raspberry Pi.
2.) Wireless - USB Wireless Adapter: This ultra small sized adapter - Netgear USB Micro WNA1000M can be connected to USB Port of Raspberry Pi and connects to your Wi-Fi network.
- Additional Information
Processor ARM1176JZ(F)-S Architecture No Clock Speed 700 MHz Digital Pins No Analog Pins No PWM Pins No Hardware UART 1 Programming Interface No Flash Memory No Operating Voltage 3.3V Power Output No Antenna No Range (Indoor/Urban) No Range (Outdoor/RF Line of Sight) No Channel Capacity No Frequency No Transmit Current @ 3.3V No