05 Raspberry Pi delayed further due to CE mark requirement

There's been yet another setback in getting the US $35 Raspberry Pi out the door to customers; the latest of several delays being due to distributors' demands for compliance testing.

There's been yet another setback in getting the US $35 Raspberry Pi out the door to customers; the latest of several delays being due to distributors' demands for compliance testing.

We saw going back a few weeks that things got held up in bringing this ultra cheap ARM-based microcomputer to market when it was discovered that the wrong type of networking jack was soldered to the circuit boards in a manufacturing blunder.

04 Raspberry Pi delayed further due to CE mark requirement

The latest delay revolves around distributors Element14 and RS Components requiring that the device be given a CE mark that indicates compliance with electronics emissions guidelines before they will have anything to do with it.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation were previously counting on there being no need for this until their big 'retail' launch later in the year. The company was apparently of the understanding that prototype / engineering sampled products were allowed to be sold in the UK at least without a CE mark requirement, and it's no wonder they thought there wouldn't be an issue since the rival ARM-based Beagleboard development kit is selling without a CE mark as is the case for most similar prototyped platforms….

When reflecting on the differences between the Raspberry Pi and all others however, there is one attribute at this time that really stands out – wide spread appeal. With that in mind, its commercial partners are sweating it out a bit in terms of being fearful toward potential lawsuits that may occur given the estimation of tens of thousands of pre-orders.

The requirement for this was going to be needed eventually anyway, certainly before its educational bundle release comes out for schools, colleges and universities later in the year. The only real annoyance at this time is for those who have pre-ordered and are still eagerly awaiting the delivery of their board.