$35 Raspberry Pi PC now made in the UK

Earlier this year, the UK-based Raspberry Pi Foundation started shipping the first units of the highly anticipated Raspberry Pi PC. The Linux-based PC was completely bare bones in construction (it doesn't even come with a case) but it sells for $35.

However, those first units were made in Chinese-based factories, and that's something that the foundation wanted to change almost immediately. This week, the Raspberry Pi blog revealed that the new units of the PC are now being assembled in the UK itself.

Specifically, the PC units are now being made at Sony’s factory in Pencoed, South Wales. Liz Upton, wife of Raspberry Pi inventor Eben Upton, states in the blog.

It’s an incredibly impressive affair; the quietest, pleasantest plant I’ve ever been in, all comfortable lighting, ergonomic workspaces, cool air and relaxed staff. Sony’s quality control system is legendary, their ability to manufacture fast and cleanly is superb, and they’ve already invested in adding PoP (Package on Package – the fiddly stuff where the Broadcom chip at the heart of the Raspberry Pi is stacked beneath the RAM chip) hardware manufacture ability and expansion capability just for us.

The partnership will result in 30,000 Raspberry Pi PCs being made at the Pencoed plant every month.

The blog also adds that the promised $25 Raspberry Pi PC is still in the works and will start shipping before the end of 2012.

Source: Raspberry Pi blog | Image via Raspberry Pi

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This is a bonus, it is time to stop offshoring production and return all factories to their original locations.

Have people forgot the one reason this little computer is produced? It is so people can start to learn to program, like in the days of the sinclair and commodore machines. I know someone who got one for their son, but he was not that interested, so their daughter is using it to learn to program.

I want one, I can just image 20-30 years from now how computers will be as small as this one, maybe even smaller and be just as powerful as our full tower pcs.

I just received my UG802 Android 4 Mini PC. It got a Dual core ARM Cortex A9 (1,2 to 1,6 ghz), Mali 400 Quad Core GPU along with 1Gb of ram. HDMI output, one micro sd slot (4Gb internal flash memory included), one usb port and one micro-usb port.

Of course it costs a bit more, but its way better than anything else so far.

I ordered one a month ago just to toy with. I NEED the cheapest solution available that will simply play a VLC playlist repeatedly over HDMI at 1080p (digital signage basically). All I can find under $250 are cheap media players and this thing. If someone knows of a phone that can do this I'd be grateful...maybe even enough to $.

Hahaiah said,
I ordered one a month ago just to toy with. I NEED the cheapest solution available that will simply play a VLC playlist repeatedly over HDMI at 1080p (digital signage basically). All I can find under $250 are cheap media players and this thing. If someone knows of a phone that can do this I'd be grateful...maybe even enough to $.

If you want, you could make this work on the Raspberry Pi. Just create a text file with:

omxplayer -o hdmi /path/to/video1
omxplayer -o hdmi /path/to/video2
omxplayer -o hdmi http://website/to/video3
...

and continually loop it by running: while true; do sh TEXTFILE.txt; done

Hopefully, this is what you meant

Will we ever get back to a product being made 100% in the country that came up with the product in the first place so nearly all profits go into that country's economy?

streetw0lf said,
Will we ever get back to a product being made 100% in the country that came up with the product in the first place so nearly all profits go into that country's economy?

Not as long as countries can keep exploiting their citizens for profit.

streetw0lf said,
Will we ever get back to a product being made 100% in the country that came up with the product in the first place so nearly all profits go into that country's economy?

newsflash. most of the electronic components are made in asia. all this company did was assemble a circuit board with electronic components made in asia.

and if companies decided to manufacture their products in America,or the UK, these products would increase in price 10 fold. then everyone will complain that its too expensive,and wont buy the product,and all these supposed new workers in these factories would still have no jobs.

lol this thing isn't a pc. its a prototype board. those things have been available forever. plus the chipset is crap. 700Mhz arm 11, really? what are you going to do with that? big deal if It offers hardware video acceleration, almost all chipsets in the last few years do. 3.5W power consumption. WHAT??? for this POS? there isn't even an LCD. composite video out? WHAT??? who the hell would want to use one of these things anyways. you can get a cheap $50 smartphone from the last few years that's openly hacked,and it includes an lcd, gps,speaker,much faster CPU,battery,big software library,and a bunch of other hardware,all while still allowing you to load your own software,OS or whatever else you like.

I shake my head at uninformed bloggers who seem to think these kinds of board are some kind of new technology that just emerged.

vcfan said,
lol this thing isn't a pc. its a prototype board. those things have been available forever. plus the chipset is crap. 700Mhz arm 11, really? what are you going to do with that? big deal if It offers hardware video acceleration, almost all chipsets in the last few years do. 3.5W power consumption. WHAT??? for this POS? there isn't even an LCD. composite video out? WHAT??? who the hell would want to use one of these things anyways. you can get a cheap $50 smartphone from the last few years that's openly hacked,and it includes an lcd, gps,speaker,much faster CPU,battery,big software library,and a bunch of other hardware,all while still allowing you to load your own software,OS or whatever else you like.

I shake my head at uninformed bloggers who seem to think these kinds of board are some kind of new technology that just emerged.

That cheap smartphone you get doesn't have open source drivers, nor would it be able to run a standard version of Linux. So yea while it may be $50, its no where near as usable for what this was actually designed for. Also with that much faster CPU and GPS and whatever else you get with that phone you also get increased power consumption, well above 3.5W.

Oh yea and that cheap smartphone won't have an HDMI out on it either. Seems like you're the misinformed one.

SharpGreen said,

That cheap smartphone you get doesn't have open source drivers, nor would it be able to run a standard version of Linux. So yea while it may be $50, its no where near as usable for what this was actually designed for. Also with that much faster CPU and GPS and whatever else you get with that phone you also get increased power consumption, well above 3.5W.

Oh yea and that cheap smartphone won't have an HDMI out on it either. Seems like you're the misinformed one.

guess what, this thing doesn't have open source drivers either. the graphics drivers are proprietary and binary for example. And the cheap $50 phones ARE able to run desktop Linux versions. they've been running Ubuntu for ages. even that old POS htc tytn 2 runs desktop Linux.

and its pretty easy to spot how misinformed you also are by reading your comments. you said with faster speeds you get increased power consumption. that is totally and utterly false. if im running a 700Mhz arm11 that is made using a 90nm process,and comparing it to a cortex a9 running 1.5ghz on a 28nmprocess, guess what? the a9 processor will use less power.

hdmi out is not new and has been available for the longest time. same with video out. older phones have them.

it seems these raspberry pi people are banking on the uninformed consumer for most of their sales with their sleezy marketing,and the uninformed are eating it up.

and another thing. a lot of the older phones chipsets have leaked datasheets with every register documented. theres no way in hell broadcomm is going to release their datasheet to the public. why do you think the drivers are proprietary?

This is literally down the road from me (Pencoed)!. The Sony Factory in question has had to shift what they manufactured a few times over the last few years in order to keep the factory open.

Fantastic news. With nothing but economic doom and gloom in this country it's nice to hear a good news story - no matter how small