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Raspberry Pi to ship as soon as next week

The creators of the £22 Raspberry Pi computer have announced that they have completed product testing and may be ready to ship in the next 7-10 days.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation blog listed EMC testing as being complete on Friday having passed EMC testing without requiring any hardware modifications. Alongside the UK’s CE requirements, the Raspberry Pi also complies with FCC regulations (USA) as well as CTick (Australia).

Now that the approval process is done, distributors Premier Farnell and RS Components can finally start delivering the mini-computers to customers.

The credit card sized, bare bones computer was designed to get ‘hands-on’ computing back into school classrooms, much like the early days of computing where programmers earned their stripes pulling Amstrad’s and ZX Spectrums to bits.

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However, it’s spec sheet and portability quickly drew the interest of hobbyists too.

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer board that plugs into a TV, a keyboard and to broadband. It runs a miniature ARM processor and performs much as a basic desktop PC does, perfect for operating spreadsheets, word-processing and some low-end games. Amazingly, it also plays full 1080P high-definition video.
The first tranche of pre-orders sold out nearly instantly, and promptly crashed the website (see CBRs earlier story here, complete with spec sheet).

It has also been subject to numerous delays, mostly to do with component supplies.

CBR will be reviewing the Raspberry Pi once our order is up.

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