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700 Rasperry Pi PCs are shipping this weekend

Over 200,000 customers kept waiting
Fri Apr 13 2012, 10:59

ELECTRONICS DISTRIBUTOR RS Components has confirmed that a batch of 700 tiny Rasperry Pi PCs will be shipped this weekend.

Speaking to The INQUIRER, an RS Components spokesperson confirmed that 700 Rasperry Pi units will be sent out "either today or early next week", units which will be allocated, unsurprisingly, to the first 700 registrations. That's probably not good news for the majority of people who have signed up to get their hands on the microcomputers though, as RS Components has received "around 220,000 pre-orders".

Glenn Jarrett, head of electronics marketing at RS Components said, "We are delighted to have the first batch of fully compliant products in our warehouse and to be able to invite the first wave of customers who registered for a Raspberry Pi to place their orders from this initial stock. This is fantastic news for RS Components and for Corby."

The Rasperry Pi first went on sale in the UK six weeks ago, a launch that faced web site crashes, warehouse problems and the need for CE testing, which the credit card sized computer passed earlier this week.

Eben Upton, executive director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation told us last month that a batch of around 10,000 units will be arriving this month, so some of its customers' six week wait shouldn't drag out much longer. µ

 

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