Invitations to place an order on the new RS and Allied Raspberry Pi online store
have been sent out to customers on a first-come, first-served basis in line with
registrations of interest placed on the companies’ websites and to match the
number of boards available from RS and Allied in the first production run. This
process will be repeated once the next batch of boards becomes available. RS and
Allied have implemented this procedure to ensure that all orders for Raspberry
Pi are fulfilled with a confirmed delivery date. Due to the exceedingly high
demand for the product, and limited quantities available from the manufacturer
at this time, orders are currently restricted to one board per customer.
When ordering Raspberry Pi from the dedicated online store, customers can click
through to the associated parts and accessories required for activation of the
board. These include USB A-B cables, HDMI cables, power supplies and SD memory
cards from a range of leading suppliers, all available to purchase from stock.
By ordering these cables and other accessories from RS and Allied at the same
time as the Raspberry Pi board, customers can make a saving on the delivery
cost, as the same total shipping charge is applicable.
“There has been a huge wave of anticipation and extraordinary levels of
demand for Raspberry Pi since it was launched, so we are delighted to be
delivering the first boards to initial customers,” said Glenn Jarrett, Head
of Electronics Marketing at RS Components. “We are working very closely with
the manufacturer to bring subsequent batches of boards into stock so that we can
fulfil every customer order for Raspberry Pi as quickly as possible.”
Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi founder and trustee, commented, “This is an exciting
and momentous phase for Raspberry Pi as the boards start heading out to
customers from our distributors. We know from the incredible amount of interest
in Raspberry Pi that
there is a huge impetus among enthusiasts and educators for a product that
brings computer programming to the masses, and we encourage these new
programmers to share their experiences and results with us.”
RS and Allied are currently developing a variety of tools and initiatives to
support Raspberry Pi users and the companies’
DesignSpark electronics design
community is seeing many people discussing ideas and thoughts on Raspberry Pi.
Recent additions to the site include a series of Pi Perspectives, where leading
UK academics and scientists share their views on Raspberry Pi, and information
on a Raspberry Pi experimenter’s kit now being developed. Various tutorials
covering everything from initial set-up to a guide to the different Linux
flavours, including a Fedora Mix start-up guide, are also available.
For developers, there is the free schematic capture and PCB layout tool from RS
and Allied, DesignSpark PCB. It has
already won awards from across the globe, and the company is seeing more
developers adopt it with some already creating prototyping boards to use with
The Raspberry Pi
boards from RS and Allied are priced at £21.60 plus a shipping charge of £4.95
to any destination worldwide, plus VAT and import duty as applicable.
The Raspberry Pi board was created by the
Foundation, a charity based in Cambridge, UK, and was conceived to encourage and
enable children to learn and apply computer programming.