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Raspberry Pi heading to customers next week

Raspberry Pi heading to customers next week

The Raspberry Pi should start heading to pre-order customers early next week, following the completion of emissions tests.

The Raspberry Pi foundation has confirmed that customers who pre-ordered the much-delayed device from partners Farnell and RS Components should start to receive them next week, following the completion of compliance testing.

The $35 credit card-sized computer, built around a Broadcom system-on-chip and designed to offer an affordable 'tinkerbox' for the enhancement of computing education, hasn't had an easy route to retail. Manufacturing began in January, but shipments were delayed while tax issues were resolved and a distribution network organised with partners Farnell and RS.

When the device finally did go on sale in February, high demand shut down both websites and panicked the retailers into demanding Conformité Européenne (CE) certification before any boards could be shipped to customers. Disappointment led to an angry backlash as consumers, many of whom had been waiting since the original estimated release date of September last year, saw the launch pushed back once more.

Thankfully, the delays look to be finally coming to an end. The Foundation's spokesperson, Liz Upton, has confirmed the Raspberry Pi boards have passed the emissions tests required to obtain a CE mark, making them legal for sale in the UK. 'Given that we've had the [anechoic testing] chamber for the whole week, we've used the time to make sure that alongside the CE requirements, the Raspberry Pi also complies with FCC regulations (USA) as well as CTick (Australia) and what we’ve been calling "that Canadian thing."'

While testing was completed last week, the paperwork has taken somewhat longer. 'Our partners hope to begin shipping units to those at the front of the queue around the start of next week,' Upton explains, giving hope to those who braved the unintentional DDoS on the suppliers' websites and actually managed to place an order hope for the future.

Boards are also being shipped to a 'small number of developers we have pre-selected outside the Foundation this week,' thanks to newly-appointed educational coordinator Myra VanInwegen. These developers are believed to be selected based on their experience with computing in education, and will help drive the development of the platform ahead of its full-scale 'commercial' roll-out as a boxed product for schools and universities later this year.

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GravitySmacked 12th April 2012, 12:01 Quote
And I'm sure it will be worth the wait folks.
SpAceman 12th April 2012, 12:52 Quote
SQUEEEEE! I'm so excited. Got to brush up on my Python.
Andy Mc 12th April 2012, 13:11 Quote
My R-pi has been estimated to arrive mid may for about a month now. Thankfully I've only a month left to wait for it. I hope.
Blackshark 12th April 2012, 16:52 Quote
Between Farnell and RS, almost 1 million pre orders or 'interests' registered.
GuilleAcoustic 12th April 2012, 17:01 Quote
OMG, hope to get one soon :D
[USRF]Obiwan 12th April 2012, 17:16 Quote
A lovely little device it is indeed but seeing the specs I rather opt for a Zotax Zbox Nano XS AD11 for a small HTTP build.
nhojnomis 12th April 2012, 21:03 Quote
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Obiwan]A lovely little device it is indeed but seeing the specs I rather opt for a Zotax Zbox Nano XS AD11 for a small HTTP build.

its not exactly fair to compare a $359.99 computer to a $35 one is it?
Bazz 12th April 2012, 23:26 Quote
Moved on, too long for delivery, looked at other options, found some more expensive, but available now.

Also 1 million? majority of them must have been RS, Farnell rep stated 59K interest.
Nikumba 13th April 2012, 10:00 Quote
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Obiwan]A lovely little device it is indeed but seeing the specs I rather opt for a Zotax Zbox Nano XS AD11 for a small HTTP build.

What about the specs of the Pi make you think that? It is more than capable of 1080p decoding over HDMI which is the main thing for a HTPC to do I would have thought.

Kimbie
faugusztin 13th April 2012, 10:35 Quote
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Also 1 million? majority of them must have been RS, Farnell rep stated 59K interest.

That is probably the number only for your country, i don't think 59k users could DDoS the global Farnell website that easily.
Vo0Ds 13th April 2012, 18:41 Quote
I don't get why people were angry that it was delayed, it's not like the foundation owes them anything? I got up at 5.30am to get one of the first boards, didn't get one but was pleased for them that it was so popular. Expressed my interest at the time and since have my order in, I really want my board, but I'm not getting pissy about it.
Gareth Halfacree 13th April 2012, 18:45 Quote
I've just learned that a select number of Farnell customers are being contacted for delivery, with the first drops being made tonight. There'll be some happy geeks this weekend!
mo2580 13th April 2012, 18:52 Quote
yeah ive waited so long for it, i hope i get one this time they sold out so quickly the first time.
XXAOSICXX 14th April 2012, 08:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Vo0Ds
I don't get why people were angry that it was delayed, it's not like the foundation owes them anything? I got up at 5.30am to get one of the first boards, didn't get one but was pleased for them that it was so popular. Expressed my interest at the time and since have my order in, I really want my board, but I'm not getting pissy about it.

Some people just act like the world owes them, unfortunately.

We're all waiting for it to arrive...the way I see it, it's a bit of fun, it's cheap...it'll turn up when it turns out. No idea why people are getting arsey about it either.
BLC 16th April 2012, 11:18 Quote
I keep saying this over and over, but don't get yourselves too excited over the HTPC capabilities of this device. The GPU may indeed be capable of 1080p h.264 decoding, but that's only one codec out of who knows how many an HTPC will have to deal with. The performance of SD content is largely unknown at this point.

It is promising that the original Xbox managed to decode practically everything except h.264 using only a 700MHz chip, but that was an x86 chip - the RasPi uses ARM and therefore the clock speeds are not directly comparable, and it's a slightly older ARM instruction set.

It is a phenomenally powerful piece of kit for ~$35, but just don't expect to plug one into your TV and have a complete HTPC experience. At least not straight away, anyway; we will doubtless see some pretty nifty optimisations, but that stuff isn't going to happen overnight.

Eventually I plan to get my hands on a couple of these... It's more than capable of being a "general purpose" PC for the lounge - web surfing, etc - which should stop the other half hogging my main gaming PC so much! I'm also interested to see what sort of NAS performance I can get out of them; I know it's going to be ultimately limited by the USB performance, but if it's enough to stream HD content over a wired network then that'll be enough for me.
xxxsonic1971 18th April 2012, 09:55 Quote
raspberry pi is making over £200 on e-bay!!!!!!
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