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Raspberry Pi passes testing, 'to ship next week'

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The first production models of the Raspberry Pi should be in the hands of consumers by next week, after the credit card-sized device passed through testing without any further modifications.

The £22 Raspberry Pi was delayed in February, after manufacturing glitches and the fitting of the wrong sort of ethernet jacks set back distribution of the initial batch of products

Cambridge-based Raspberry Pi Foundation then found that it was necessary for the device to secure a Conformité Européenne (CE), or "European Conformity", certification.

The idea behind the Raspberry Pi is for the device to be used to teach children and young people about programming by showing them the inner workings of a computer. However, it has also ignited the interest of tech enthusiasts around the world.

As the device is essentially an open motherboard the size of a pack of cards, rather than a 'finished' product, it was not initially thought that the CE certificate was necessary.

Orders for the Raspberry Pi Model B began at the end of February (the lower range, $25 Model A is not yet in production), but delivery was delayed further last month after regulators ordered that it go through proper CE testing.

Writing on Raspberry Pi's official blog, the foundation's volunteer Liz Upton said that the device has now successfully passed through Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing, and orders will be fulfilled in the next "7-10 days".

"We just received confirmation that the Raspberry Pi has passed EMC testing without requiring any hardware modifications," Upton wrote in a post last week.

"There is still a mountain of paperwork for us to sign, and that then has to be looked over by RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell; but that's a piece of cake compared to what we've been doing all week.

"Given that we've had the chamber for the whole week, we've used the time to make sure that alongside the CE requirements, the Raspberry Pi also complies with FCC regulations (USA) as well as CTick (Australia) and what we've been calling 'that Canadian thing'."

Asked by users about the expected shipping date for those who have pre-ordered the pocket PC, Upton added: "At my most pessimistic, and bearing in mind that it's a Bank Holiday, I'd say 7-10 days."

The Raspberry Pi features all the core components to make a Linux-based PC work, with users able to connect the open board up to a keyboard and a monitor/television screen to do word processing, play games, or watch videos.

Shipping first is the Model A board featuring 256MB of RAM, two USB connectors and an Ethernet port. The Model A just comes with one USB port and no ethernet connection, although it is unclear when this will become available.

Both devices have ARM1176JZFS 700GHz single-core processors and Videocore 4 GPUs capable of Full HD Blu-ray quality video playback, although an SD card is required for storage.

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