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Delays feared as Raspberry Pi brings forward compliance testing

Demand for engineering versions prompts decision
Mon Mar 26 2012, 13:07

TINY COMPUTER MAKER the Raspberry Pi Foundation has brought forward its compliance testing schedule for its microcomputers amid mounting fears that the devices will be delayed.

The organisation had indicated that it intended to defer compliance testing of the Raspberry Pi until the cased educational release later in the year. However, "demand for the uncased version (and the level of interest from outside the engineering community) has been so high that both RS Components and Premier Farnell have asked us to bring this forward," Eben Upton, the executive director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation explained.

Upton added that the foundation completed its first trial run in a test chamber this week and promised to issue a detailed technical update in the "next few days".

Distributor Farnell reported that over the weekend the Raspberry Pi Foundation had provided it with an update on the compliance testing needed for the Model B boards, saying, "It is still too early to say what this will mean for deliveries and we hope any impact will be minimal."

The first batch of boards is due to arrive in the UK this week, but Farnell added that it is too early to tell how the compliance testing will impact delivery of devices that were originally expected to reach customers in April, May and June.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation stressed that EMC testing is necessary for the devices to be grated consumer protection certifications including the European Union CE marking. It added that it is common practice for development hardware to be sold without such certifications, but only with the strict proviso that it should not be considered to be a "finished end product". µ


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