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First Raspberry Pi boards to ship next week

The first $40 Raspberry Pi Linux computers will start shipping from early next week after the boards passed final testing.

The first Raspberry Pi boards will ship from next week. Photo: Raspberry Pi

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.

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11 comments
Slayer_
Slayer_

By USB into another computer?

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

You use a 5 V Plug Pack to power these things. ;) Col

BlaCK ErrOR
BlaCK ErrOR

I hope they wil make a PoE version of this. then you only need network a keyboard and a mouse.

mesakf
mesakf

Where can I order it? It sounds like a good idea.

OH Smeg
OH Smeg

[i]"RS Components and Premier Farnell"[/i] Though here they are talking of the Initial Run of Boards which sold out within a couple of hours in February. The next production Run will occur in a month or two depending on what hurdles are placed in it's way. Col

Slayer_
Slayer_

If so, this would be great for streaming video onto HDTV's.

smcarey
smcarey

it will support wifi through a wifi usb dongle. it does not have it on board. it has 2 usb though so a small external powered usb hub could get you quite a bit of real estate if done right. i have had mine ordered for almost a month. i am hoping that i was within the 10000 that will receive theirs soon.

colinofski
colinofski

At last i thought this was going to be end of May. Have pre-ordered mine so looking forward to seeing just how useful it will end up being. Has anyone else out there got one already and have any feedback for us?

nwallette
nwallette

What were you planning to do with it? (Open question to anyone else, too.)

andrew232006
andrew232006

I want one to play netflix and stream media from my network shares. It would replace my currently solution which is a loud P4 PC that can't do 1080p. Netflix boxes(that work in canada) still cost over $150 and DLNA never seems to just work and has caused me much anonyance.

lynchpa
lynchpa like.author.displayName 1 Like

I want a dozen to set up on / power from monitors and operate as generic small footprint thin clients with virtual desktops. I want to see if I can run a mini call centre and/or internet kiosk.

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