This is a guest post by Harriet Green, Chief Executive of Premier Farnell. Premier Farnell is a global distributor of electronic components, including the Raspberry Pi. It is also the founder of the electronic engineering community, Element14. Few products in recent history have created the level of excitement generated by the Raspberry Pi launch last week. Demand for this new credit card-sized computer was reminiscent of the original iPhone — during peak demand, we were receiving more than 700 enquiries a second in Europe, a pattern replicated globally.
…Only by supporting projects like Raspberry Pi with the right platforms and ecosystem can the promised revolution in technology education achieve its potential output — new products and initiatives that radically change our planet forever. We need to work together to realise the power of community and make sure this renaissance happens.
Very cool to see Harriet Green guest blogging on WIRED!
I think we’ll all be waiting a bit. But the bright side of the licensed manufacturing deal is that production can be ramped up much quicker than if the Foundation was doing it on their own.
I have one on backorder with Newark (Premier Farnell) (ship date April 8th) if I could I’d order half a dozen to begin with. I just hope Radio Shack starts selling them.
If at all possible I’m Linux only and knee deep in beagleboard work so this is perfect. I can envision rigging up noob friendly versions and passing them out as stocking stuffers.
I do think it’s awesome, and plan to buy one… but it’s not open hardware, right?
Considering you can’t buy loose chips, it’ll be as open as possible. Except for the graphics core of the Broadcom chip, everything that the RPi foundation has done is or will be documented by the academic release date.
Anyone capable of desoldering the BGA and package-on-package memory, reballing and resoldering them successfully to a physically compatible board probably has everything they need to do so already. Well, besides an actual RPi.