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Raspberry Pi comes to U.S., sells out in hours

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  • Raspberry Pi, the tiny, ultra-cheap, Linux-based PC, went on sale Monday in the U.S.
  • One model of the computer is already completely out of stock
  • The PC is the size of a credit card and costs only $25 or $35, depending on model

Raspberry Pi, the tiny, ultra-cheap, Linux-based PC, went on sale Monday in the U.S. through retailer Allied Electronics, but it's already out of stock.

The A version of the computer, which only costs $25, has 256MB of RAM, a single USB 2.0 socket, an HDMI, SD card, and 3.5 audio sockets, but no Ethernet port. Available only through Allied, the A is now completely out of stock for U.S. customers.

The $35 Raspberry Pi B is also out of stock at Allied, but it can be bought through Newark, another retailer, which only carries that particular model.

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The Raspberry Pi's more powerful version has 512MB of RAM, two USB 2.0 sockets and an Ethernet port.

Both the A and B are equipped with an ARM processor and are amazingly small — approximately the size of a credit card — making them suitable for a variety of applications in education and DIY systems.

    Raspberry Pi A launched in Europe in February of last year to heavy demand, followed by a launch in Asia last week.