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Raspberry Pi passes quality control tests

Raspberry Pi passes quality control tests

The first production models of the Raspberry Pi computer boards have passed EMC and compliance testing, it was announced today.

According to a statement released by RS Components and Allied Electronics, the first boards have passed emission testing to Class A standard and comply with the requirements of the electromagnetic compatibility directive EN50081-2 for the use of information technology equipment in industrial or office environments.

"This is excellent news for Raspberry Pi customers," commented Glenn Jarrett, head of electronics marketing at RS Components. "We have thousands of people eagerly awaiting their boards, and this brings us another step closer to delivering Raspberry Pi's across the world."

Launched in February this year, Raspberry Pi is a £22 credit card sized computer board designed to enable children and IT enthusiasts to develop programming skills. It is based around a 700MHz ARM chip and features an Ethernet port to connect to the internet, as well as two USB ports.

After plugging in a keyboard, mouse and screen, students can use the Raspberry Pi's open source software to write their own code.

The completion of the approval process means that distributors Premier Farnell and RS Components can now start delivering the modules to customers.

Laura Hopperton

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Raspberry Pi is at the forefront of innovation, a great British product, but why has it been tested to a superseded standard for EMC? Someone needs to sort this out before claiming compliance with EU Directives!

Posted by: Keith Richens, 10/04/2012

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