Raspberry Pi set to ship in days

News 12 Apr, 2012

EU conformance certificate means ultra-cheap computer can now sell in Europe.

Raspberry Pi, the £22 computer designed to teach children how to code and program, could be in the hands of buyers within days after the device was cleared for sale in Europe.

The pocket-sized Linux-based computer passed its Conformité Européenne(CE) tests earlier this week, which means it can now go on sale across the EU.

According to Raspberry Pi representative, Liz Upton, the computer was passed for sale and does not require any further hardware modifications.

There is still a mountain of paperwork for us to sign, but that's a piece of cake compared to what we've been doing all week

"There is still a mountain of paperwork for us to sign, and that then has to be looked over by [Raspberry Pi resellers] RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell; but that's a piece of cake compared to what we've been doing all week,” she said on the organisation’s blog.

She added that, despite the bank holidays, most customers should receive the computer within “7-to-10 days”.

The testing was carried out over the course of a week at Panasonic’s facility in South Wales. During this time, its compliance with US, Canadian and Australian regulations was also tested.

During the assessment period the makers of Raspberry Pi stopped manufacturing the devices, fearing hardware changes would be necessary. With no modifications needed, the factories are set to roll out units immediately.

Earlier in the year, the device hit another glitch after its Chinese manufacturer decided to solder in non-magnetic Ethernet ports instead of magnetic ones. This problem has now been fixed.