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After suffering a manufacturing error and a subsequent certification issue, the Raspberry Pi is ready to ship to the first 10,000 eager customers who pre-ordered the device in February. In case you haven't heard, Raspberry Pi is a fully-baked, credit card-sized PC that requires so little power to run it can be powered by any standard USB port – and yes, you can also power it via any wall outlet with a USB adapter.
When pre-orders opened, the tiny computer sold as many as 700 units per second. Although the total amount of units ordered is unknown, a potential rush of 42,000 units sold per minute remains an impressive figure on its own.
Raspberry Pi aims to be a hobbyist's delight, measuring in around 3.37" x 2.13" x 0.67" (85.60mm x 53.98mm x 17mm) and packs a 700MHz ARM chip, 256MB of RAM, HDMI, 2 x USB, ethernet and an SD card slot. As unimpressive as that may sound to most enthusiasts, the hardware is said to, in terms of gaming performance, outpace the iPhone 4S and comfortably bests the Tegra 2.
The British non-profit who designed the Raspberry Pi originally did so to encourage aspiring programmers. Consequently though, a very low price barrier, incredible portability and reasonable processing power have made Raspberry Pi an attractive device for a broad range of consumers, tinkerers and professionals.
For anyone itching to grab their own slice of Pi, RS Components is still accepting registrations from customers to get in line for future shipments.