One of the ‘big’ highlights of 2012, so far, has been the Raspberry Pi Linux-based PC's $35 price tag. The beginning of March saw the company put up the miniature computer for pre-order and since then, the website has been flocked by visitors. Soon after the announcement, the company was reported to be selling 700 units per second. Element14 is the website selling the device, and it states a price of Rs.2,350. Though the product received overwhelming response, the company has been facing problems making a large number of units available to users across the world. After the delay in shipping due to a production glitch, the company has again announced a further delay due to CE compliance, says Hot Hardware.
As per reports this what the spokesperson said, “We have spoken with BIS this morning, and they have confirmed that, given the volumes involved and the demographic mix of likely users, any development board exemption is not applicable to us; as a result, even the first uncased developer units of Raspberry Pi will require a CE mark prior to sale in the EU.” The company further said that it has been working with RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell to accelerate the process. Reportedly, the company says that 2000 boards have already arrived in the UK and the company has been working at getting them CE marked, too.
The Raspberry Pi has two models –Model A and Model B. Model A features 128 MB RAM, one USB port and no Ethernet, while model B comes integrated with 256 MB RAM, two USB ports and a 10/100 Ethernet controller. Model A doesn’t come with an RJ45 Ethernet port, but can be connected to the network using the supplied USB Ethernet or Wi-Fi adapter. Generic keyboards and mice will also be compatible with the computer.
Those who have been waiting to get their hands on the miniature computer will have to wait for some more time now. However, the affordable, miniature PC could possibly help increase PC penetration in developing nations.
Publish date: April 2, 2012 1:33 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 9:57 pm
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