The eagerly awaited and now rather delayed Raspberry Pi computer has been hit by another hold up. After a earlier mass-production hitch, the first batch of 2,000 units has now arrived in the UK, but the retailers dealing with orders are not going to send any out to customers until the circuit boards have been tested for compliance with CE Mark standards.
In the view of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, “We believe that the uncased Raspberry Pi is not a ‘finished end product’, and may be distributed on the same terms as Beagleboard and other non-CE-marked platforms,” it said on its blog.
However, the sub-£30 PCs retailers, RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell, beg to differ. For instance, RS sent this update in a recent email to those who’d registered an interest in buying the device:
“Compliance testing is an essential part of bringing any electronic product to market. The Raspberry Pi is being tested to make sure it conforms to all the regulations that apply to electronic devices around the world. This means that we can be sure the Raspberry Pi we deliver to you meets the correct standards and is as safe as you would expect any electronic device you purchase to be.”
RS goes on to say, “We’re working with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to manage the testing process as quickly as possible, while ensuring all tests are carried out to guarantee safety.”
Testing will continue in parallel with bringing the remainder of the first batch into the UK. The Linux-based PC’s creators say that, “On the basis of preliminary measurements, we expect emissions from the uncased product to meet category A requirements comfortably without modification, and possibly to meet the more stringent category B requirements which we had originally expected would require a metalised case.”
Demand for the ultra low-cost PC has been understandably phenomenal. Although the wait continues, emails have gone out to those who are first in line to get one.