Raspberry Pi -- the £22 computer that looks like a circuit board -- is very nearly ready to go back on sale.
It's passed EMC testing without needing any tweaks, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced on its blog. The mini PC had been on lockdown in Panasonic's facility (which I imagine resembles a Bond villain's lair) in South Wales for testing all week, but now that's done there are only a couple of hurdles before it'll be back on sale. And from the sounds of things, these hurdles are considerably lower than the previous ones.
The Raspberry Pi still has to be looked over by RS Components, who makes the device, and element14/Premier Farnell, but, in the words of the blog post, "that's a piece of cake compared to what we've been doing all week." As well as gaining its CE credentials, the tiny computer also complies with FCC regulations for the USA, as well as the Australian and Canadian equivalents, so things should back in full swing very shortly.
Since being announced at the end of February, the device has attracted a huge amount of interest. It's aimed at schools looking to get kids interested in programming, but I wouldn't be surprised if it gets a huge following among people just interested in seeing what they can do with it. The initial batch sold out in just two hours, but subsequent shipments were delayed due to the wrong type of networking jack being soldered onto the credit card-sized computer. A little over a week ago it joined the queue at the CE testing centre.
The Pi's creators originally thought it would be sold as non-CE certified, as it's not a finished end product, but it's gone along with the decision to certify it anyway.
There's no word on when we'll see the little guy go on sale, but here's hoping it's days rather than weeks.
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