The first $40 Raspberry Pi boards will start shipping from early next week.
Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized device and one of the lowest cost computers available. The board has been designed as a tool for teaching kids coding, but it is also powerful enough to stream 1080p video, browse the web or write documents.
Shipping of the boards has been hit by several setbacks, first a manufacturing mix-up involving ethernet jacks and then the need for additional testing so the boards could gain a Conformité Européenne (CE) mark.
Last Friday the Raspbery Pi passed CE mark tests that prove the boards do not produce unacceptable levels of electromagnetic noise, clearing the way for the first batch of 10,000 boards to be shipped to customers. The Raspberry Pi foundation said it also used the electromagnetic testing chamber to ensure the boards won't fall foul of national regulations in the US and Australia.
Distributors RS Components and Premier Farnell will begin shipping boards within seven to 10 days, according to a statement on the Raspberry Pi foundation website.
Boards will be sent to people who bought boards from the first batch of 10,000, which sold out within hours of going on sale in February.
The version of the board being shipped has a Linux Fedora OS and sports a 700Mhz ARM processor in a Broadcom BCM 2835 chipset and 256MB of memory. The board comes with two USB ports, 10/100 ethernet, a HDMI slot and an SD memory card slot. A $25 model with a single USB port and without ethernet will be available later in 2012.
Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.