After spending a longer than expected amount of time in the oven, the first batch of Raspberry Pi systems have been served to a U.K. distributor. The credit card sized PC is a tiny and cheap system that costs $25 (Model A) or $35 (Model B), runs Linux, and can be used for things like spreadsheets, word processing, high definition video, and even some light gaming.
RS Components out of Oxford confirmed taking delivery of several Raspberry Pi systems, which will ship out to the first group of customers in order of when they registered their interest in the systems on the RS and Allied Electronics websites, the company said.
"We are delighted to have the first batch of fully compliant products in our warehouse and to be able to invite the first wave of customers who registered for a Raspberry Pi to place their orders from this initial stock," Glenn Jarrett, Head of Electronics Marketing at RS, said in a statement. "There has been a great deal of anticipation for Raspberry Pi since its launch at the end of February, and it is important that we provide a delivery guarantee to customers when they place their order."
There has been a lot of interest in Raspberry Pi systems due to their small size and ultra low cost. The Model A version ships with 256MB of onboard RAM, one USB port, Broadcom BCM2835 SoC with an ARM processor clocked at 700MHz and Videocore 4 GPU, onboard audio, HDMI output, 3.5mm jack, RCA video, and an SD card slot. The Model B version sports an extra USB port and an Ethernet port.