Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The Raspberry Pi is now shipping.




The Raspberry Pi is now shipping.

So, amid great excitement, the Raspberry Pi Model B - uncased version completed vigorous compliance tests late last week and the first products were finally despatched in the last few days.

The safety information sheet refers to compliance with EMC (Class A) CE, FCC, C-tick, WEEE, ESD and China. The launch was delayed about a month while essential tests were carried out.

Although not the view of everyone these open PCBs are considered "finished equipment" by the authorities and required such obligatory analysis.

RoHS compliance testing was undertaken, and while traces of cadmium and bromine could be found, they were within permitted values. The Pi was considered low risk in respect of REACH Substances of Very High Concern.

These boards will now be distributed all over the world.