Fans of single-board computers will be pleased to see that the Raspberry Pi has dropped in price to just £16, while Imagination Technologies has updated its Creator CI20 device with a smaller board layout that improves wireless performance and is easier for mounting.
The popular Raspberry Pi was given a boost earlier this year with the launch of the more powerful Raspberry Pi 2 model. A side effect of the production optimisations that allowed the new model to keep to the same price point of $35 (£24) is that the older Model B+ is now much cheaper to manufacture, according to Raspberry Pi Founder Eben Upton.
"With this in mind, we've decided to drop its list price to $25 (£16). If you're looking for a Raspberry Pi with networking and multiple USB ports, and don't need the extra performance or memory that the Raspberry Pi 2 brings, you might want to check it out," Upton wrote on the Raspberry Pi blog.
The price cut also applies to the Raspberry Pi Model A+ which lacks an Ethernet port and now costs $20 (£12).
Meanwhile, the Imagination Technologies Creator CI20 has been given a redesign since its launch last year, but still comes in at the original price of £50.
According to Imagination, the updated board includes full support for Imagination's FlowCloud IoT platform; a squarer form factor; a modified board layout to optimise Wi-Fi speed and stability; and updated software for Linux and Android.
"From the start, one of the unique selling points for the Creator CI20 microcomputer was built-in connectivity (WiFi and Bluetooth). Based on very productive conversations on our forums, social media and many other channels, we've designed a new PCB layout that has been engineered to improve wireless connectivity performance and signal strength," said Imagination senior technology marketing specialist Alexandru Voica, writing on the firm's blog.
The new form factor offers more holes to make it easier to mount the board inside projects, and also makes it easier to fit it inside a case. Imagination is even offering a reference design for a 3D printed case (pictured) from its projects page.
FlowCloud is a set of services and supporting online infrastructure that are intended as building blocks for creating connected applications for the Internet of Things (IoT).
With the updated Creator CI20, Imagination has added out of the box support for FlowCloud on the standard Debian 7 distribution, and developers who download Debian from the firm's eLinux micro-site will find the latest FlowCloud IoT framework pre-packaged for free.
"This includes everything needed (SDK, services, free starter app for iOS and Android) to start connecting devices to the cloud - no strings attached," said Voica.
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