Raspberry Pi computer pre-orders top 350,000 units

Pre-order figures rise as first Rsapberry Pi computers begin shipping to consumers

Bare bones £22 Raspberry Pi computer begins hitting doorsteps just days after the credit card sized device cleared quality control checks

With the first devices finally making their way to consumers following a flurry of delays, new reports have suggested that a staggering 350,000 Raspberry Pi computers have been pre-ordered to date.

Suggesting demand for the credit card sized £22 bare bones Raspberry Pi computer remains high design a number of issues getting it to market, manufacturers of the pocketable PC have announced the new hugely impressive figures just days after the product cleared quality control checks.

Having caught the tech world’s imagination in recent months with its back to basics approach to computing that is set to see a new generation of users given the chance to learn the inner workings of a PC first hand, the Raspberry Pi has notched up 250,000 unit pre-orders though distributor RS Components, up from 220,000 last week, which fellow distributor has recorded a further 100,000 advanced orders.

Cleared for consumer release last week, the first Rasberry Pi pre-orders are now being fulfilled with a selection of schools reportedly atop the shipping lists.

“We just received confirmation that the Raspberry Pi has passed EMC testing without requiring any hardware modifications,” Liz Upton wrote on Raspberry Pi’s official blog 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.”

Raspberry Pie Computer Specs

Featuring the bare essentials needed to make a PC function with little superfluous bells and whistles, the open board that makes up the Raspberry Pi is fitted with a selection of components allowing users to hook the computer up to a television screen as well as add the all important keyboard needed to allow for command input.

Available in two slightly varying forms dependant upon consumer’s needs, the Raspberry Pi Model A boasts 256MB of RAM and a single USB port whilst the Model B variant adds a second USB connector and a network connectable Ethernet port.

Both versions of the Raspberry Pi computer feature the ARM1176JZFS 700GHz single-core processor and Videocore 4 GPU capable of Full HD Blu-ray quality video playback. An SD card is needed for storage.

“The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard,” an official spokesperson for the charity based Raspberry Pi parent company has announced. “It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video.”

The spokesperson added that the purpose behind the basic Linux based PC is “to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.”

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