Raspberry Pi delayed over confusion about CE approval

By Lee Kaelin on March 30, 2012, 10:00 AM

The Raspberry Pi computer has been further delayed after confusion surrounding whether the educational credit card sized computer needed European CE certification before it could be shipped to customers.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation explained on their blog that the two distributors, currently holding the first batch of around 2,000 units were "not willing" to deliver them until the model had passed European compliance testing to ensure they don’t emit excessively high levels of electromagnetic noise.

They also explained that "given the volumes involved and the demographic mix of likely users, any development board exemption is not applicable to us; as a result, even the first uncased developer units of Raspberry Pi will require a CE mark prior to sale in the EU."

When asked about whether this would affect orders for those outside of the European Union, Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation replied, "North America is out of the question (FCC requirements largely mirror CE ones), but there are areas of the world which are less strict."

This is the second delay customers of the first production run have had to endure. A mistake at the manufacturing plant at the beginning of the month caused delays after the wrong type of ethernet port was soldered to the computer's board. The board uses network jacks with magnetic components and the factory accidently substituted them with non-magnetic versions. It was a simple enough fix, however.

Interest on the Raspberry Pi has been enormous. The first production run sold out in minutes and one of distributors recently declared that demand was 20 times greater than their supply. At one point they were selling at 700 per second while preorders were being taken.

The charity is working as fast as humanly possible alongside both of their distributors to ensure that the CE approval is granted as soon as practically possible.

There is some good news though. The first batch is already at the distributors' warehouses since Monday, so once the CE approval is granted it shouldn't be long before they're delivered to customers.




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kiklion said:

Man, this is why regulation sucks. I mean, finding a finger in your fries is acceptable if you get your raspberry pie.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This is just annoying. Those same distributors sell the BeagleBone, which technically fits into the same "development board" product type as the Raspberry Pi, yet it doesn't require CE marks. Funny how a product with a higher profit margin (that has been sold for a long time now) can somehow avoid the whole compliance issue, but a surprisingly popular new hacker board with very low margins is being forced through the ringer.

Requiring this first release of the board only, which is more targeted at hackers and tinkerers than mainstream consumers, to carry CE compliance seems ridiculous. Now, the release later this year, which will have a case and a power supply, I could see that needing a CE mark. At least, in that case, it's more of a complete system, with an actual end product form factor and packaging locked in, and emissions are more relevant.

3DCGMODELER 3DCGMODELER said:

whats this computer do exactly???

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

3dcgmodeler said:

whats this computer do exactly???

I invite you to google good sir

Guest said:

Perhaps 3d was being sarcastic. hmmm?! lol

Guest said:

Looks like a major oversight on their part, anybody with experince of EMC product tetsing could have told them they would need a CE mark,.regardless of whether it is development (presumably they would have to pay for it) board any piece of equipment being placed on the market requires a CE mark.

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