Raspberry Pi red tape: not scratch and sniff just more delays

Subject: General Tech, Systems, Mobile | March 30, 2012 - 02:29 AM |
Tagged: Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi has been further delayed while it acquires an additional certification to conform to British Law. The delay affects all regions because the products are shipped to the UK before being distributed internationally. The delay is expected to last just a couple of weeks.

It has almost been a year since the first announcement of the Raspberry Pi ultra-cheap PC and we can almost taste its arrival. Originally inspired by David Braben, developer of games such as Rollercoaster Tycoon, the Raspberry Pi was built to cheaply enable students to learn computing.

As it turns out, the cost and performance of the device drew massive attention from the hobbyist and home theatre crowd. All interested parties will need to wait, however, as the product has been briefly delayed again because someone forgot to cross their t’s.

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C’mon, almost there, almost there.

All joking aside, the delay is quite small and minor and will still ship within their original target window. The delay was caused by the foundation failing to be granted a Conformité Européenne (CE) mark for their product. The CE certification is the direct analogy to the FCC’s electromagnetic (EM) noise certification which must be obtained for cellphones and other electronic devices in the United States. CE certification is expected to take just a couple of weeks.

Delivering a product is an involved task. I am willing to give the foundation a pass on this specific delay due to their lack of experience in their field. That is unless of course the product is found to interfere with EM broadcasts of some protected frequency. That -- would suck.

Then again, I have also not attempted to order a Raspberry Pi so perhaps my opinion is invalid. What do you think?

Source: TechRepublic
March 30, 2012 | 09:46 AM - Posted by VoluntaryMan (not verified)

Ah, the joys of government regulation.

March 30, 2012 | 12:03 PM - Posted by total (not verified)

arrgg!! i want at least two of these little bad boys!!

March 30, 2012 | 12:05 PM - Posted by PI (not verified)

There may be a little problem if CE was never considered before. I saw some pictures Rasperry Pis been shipped from China. This means there is no way anything on pcb can be changed easily.

When you go to EMC/ESD testing required by CE directive you often find some issues that need changing. You may need to add ESD protection to some IOs on your design.
How can you do this if production is already finished.

I would like to order some Rasperry Pis, but have no answer how to place an order.

By the way my initials are really PI.

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