Some good news for buyers awaiting the first Raspberry Pi production units: the £22 single-board computer has passed its electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) tests without needing modifications, meaning that it can now be shipped to customers.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation, developer of the ARM-based Linux device, announced on Good Friday that the unit had been subjected to a battery of EMC tests and had passed.
Originally, the Raspberry Pi Foundation had intended to delay testing until the launch of the version destined for the education market later in the year.
Last month, the two distributors RS Components and Premier Farnell requested that these tests be brought forward due to high demand for the early production units.
If the devices had failed these tests, it could potentially have stalled deliveries until modifications could be made.
However, it appears that this will not now be necessary, and the first batch of Raspberry Pi units should be wending their way to buyers, pending approval from the distributors.
"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," a spokesperson for the Raspberry Pi Foundation wrote on the organisation's blog.
Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.