First units of Raspberry Pi PCs finally start shipping

It's taken longer than planned, but the dream of a super cheap PC is now officially a reality and in the hands of some customers. The Raspberry Pi Foundation updated its blog on Saturday to announce that the first shipments of its $35 PC have now begun and that some people had already received their PC order, with others getting their units on Monday.

The post stated:

Serial production has begun, so the backlog should be cleared sooner than some of you were hoping, and we hope that this means that some time over the next week or so element14 and RS will be able to give you firmer delivery estimates than we’ve been able to generate so far.

As we have reported in the past, the PCs that are now shipping are of the $35 Raspberry Pi model, which include a 700 MHz ARM11-based processor, 256 MB of RAM, two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port and an HDMI port. There's still no word on when the cheaper $25 Raspberry Pi PC will be released.

While the PC went on sale in late February, there were two shipment delays that pushed back the actual release of the units. One was a minor hardware issue while the other delay was due to the lack of a required a CE mark that would allow it to be sold in the European Union. Both issues have now been resolved.

Image via the Raspberry Pi Foundation

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Ok well I've already asked a few people already but I'd like to hear from those that are planning on buying the Pi and what you have planned for these units? My thought is these would be well suited for specialized applications requiring some sort of intelligence in an ultra-small form factor such as automation. I realize some people will buy one just to tinker with it (that's what I'm doing) but I hope to hear some interesting ideas for utilizing something so unique. All of the ideas I've thought of are done easier, faster, and cheaper using existing products.

Ideally I'll be able to connect it up to my TV and network, plug a USB drive into it, and run movies etc from the USB drive, and access the drive via the network, hopefully creating a cheap media centre of sorts. Accessing the internet as well would make it a good, cheap little device to turn my TV into a more all round media device. Or that is the plan. I can't think of a cheaper way to do it.

MothBox said,
Ideally I'll be able to connect it up to my TV and network, plug a USB drive into it, and run movies etc from the USB drive, and access the drive via the network, hopefully creating a cheap media centre of sorts. Accessing the internet as well would make it a good, cheap little device to turn my TV into a more all round media device. Or that is the plan. I can't think of a cheaper way to do it.
Interesting idea. I'm not sure how capable the ARM processor will be at playing video but I've honestly never tried it. I'd like to hear if you're able to pull it off with the Pi!

Tim Dawg said,
Interesting idea. I'm not sure how capable the ARM processor will be at playing video but I've honestly never tried it. I'd like to hear if you're able to pull it off with the Pi!

It appears to have a GPU meant exactly for that kind of thing; they say in the FAQ it can play back Blu-Ray quality video using H.264.

Storm said,
mine was ordered on 3rd of may...
so hope im one of the first
You ordered it in the future?? If you've mastered time travel then you've gone the wrong way. Go back to the beginning and place your order to be one of the people who get the first models coming off the line.

I know I will get a few of these but it looks like most of us will have to wait until the significant backlog is cleared

Cøi said,
ARM? Let's try Windows 8 on it

On 256MB of ram, single core processor, and hardly any storage space (Windows 7+ likes 15GB minimum), you'll be lucky

Besides, as Palpatine said, WOA is OEM only. Users won't be able to install it, and even if they could, WOA most likely wouldn't work without the right drivers, which might not even exist.

I registered interest on RS but only a few days ago, guess I`ll have to wait, hopefully it won't be long until they have made enough money to allow multiple orders per customer, I could make use of about 6 of these around the house

Detection said,
I registered interest on RS but only a few days ago, guess I`ll have to wait, hopefully it won't be long until they have made enough money to allow multiple orders per customer, I could make use of about 6 of these around the house
I'll ask you the same question I asked above. What's your plan for these? I'm interested in hearing what people have in mind for such a small, unique, handy piece of hardware.

Detection said,
Wheres the UK order page ?

Unless you registered for interest on either RS/E4U then you can't order, and if you did, you'll have to wait until its your turn in the queue, which might be slightly skewed by their database lying about inserting some people's data.

Got mine ordered, hopefully it'll arrive on monday or tuesday. Turns out getting up at an ungodly hour was worth it!

Kushan said,
Got mine ordered, hopefully it'll arrive on monday or tuesday. Turns out getting up at an ungodly hour was worth it!
And what do you plan to do with them? I would imagine you have some sort of specialized utilization in mind?

The only thing I wish for which may happen in the future is a more modern ARM CPU like a Cortex A15 or something like that.

Tony. said,
The only thing I wish for which may happen in the future is a more modern ARM CPU like a Cortex A15 or something like that.

That CPU is pretty powerful already. Linux will run like a dream on it.

simplezz said,

That CPU is pretty powerful already. Linux will run like a dream on it.

Depends what you're trying to do really, 256MB RAM is pretty limiting for what a lot of people have in mind.

n_K said,

Depends what you're trying to do really, 256MB RAM is pretty limiting for what a lot of people have in mind.

We are talking about $35 here. People who have things in their minds like running rendering software or a web server on this thing should maybe consider paying more than that?

Tony. said,
The only thing I wish for which may happen in the future is a more modern ARM CPU like a Cortex A15 or something like that.

Should it matter? It's $35. I've bought earphones for that price and that doesn't have any processor in it.