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March 18, 2013

Raspberry Pi shifts production of Model A computer to UK

The UK facility will manufacture more than 300,000 units for customers across the world.

By CBR Staff Writer

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has brought back the production of its Model A computer, which is available for $25, to Sony’s manufacturing facility in the UK.

The move comes after Element14, the electronics brand owned by FTSE 250 distribution firm Premier Farnell, swapped its production to the UK.

Initially, Sony’s site will manufacture more than 300,000 units for customers across the world.

Raspberry Pi computers are credit-card-sized devices aimed at enhancing young people’s skills in computer programming and electronic engineering.

Element14 Raspberry Pi head Claire Doyle said: "We believe that a UK creation should be produced in its home country and since partnering with Sony we have been delighted with the product’s quality."

Features of the Raspberry Pi Model A include a miniature ARM processor, one USB port and 256MB RAM, which is half of the memory of the Model B. Both models run the Linux operating system and the Model A does not feature Ethernet.

According to the manufacturer, about one million Raspberry Pi computers have been sold since its launch in February 2012 and the credit-card sized micro-computer has been deployed in several projects.

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