Raspberry Pi PCs delayed again due to lack of CE mark

It's been a long waiting game for people anxious to get their hands on the ultra-cheap Linux powered Raspberry Pi PCs. The $35 version of the PC went on sale in early March. However, the company behind the PC, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, later reported a small hardware-based delay. Now, the Raspberry Pi PC has hit yet another stumbling block.

According to the newest post on the company's blog, the good news is that the first 2,000 units have now arrived in the UK (you can see a picture of the package they came in above). The bad news is that the PC's two distributors, RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell, have now said they won't start shipments until the Raspberry Pi PCs get their CE mark.

For those of you who might not know what that is, a CE mark is the conformity mark that must be put on a product before it can be sold in the countries that are a part of the European Union. The blog post states:

On the basis of preliminary measurements, we expect emissions from the uncased product to meet category A requirements comfortably without modification, and possibly to meet the more stringent category B requirements which we had originally expected would require a metalised case.

Hopefully this is the final hurdle to be jumped over before the first batch of the PCs can finally be shipped to its customers.

Image via Raspberry Pi Foundation

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I really doubt these things are real too good to be true or they will be sold out and not able to be purchased by the average person till next year maybe...

I was excited when they were first announced, but delay after delay has definitely dented that. Assuming (hoping) that there wan't be any more delays, it will be at least 5 months late.

They temporarily pushed back everyone to August 16th until the CE passes. The reason that the CE mark is required is because it is apparent that they believe consumers will use it as a final product rather than just a development board. Anyways it is just a small hiccup and they will clear it up in short order.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! As it was, mine weren't shipping until May 15th. I'm going to forget that I even ordered them by time they show up.

roadwarrior said,
Hey, just ship them to us in the US. We don't care about the CE mark (although the FCC might want them inspected too ;-) ).

If they have a wifi chip I think they have to be FCC approved... outside of that all I think they have to show is it accepts interferance from other devices and is doesnt act as a radiator to other devices

neufuse said,

If they have a wifi chip I think they have to be FCC approved... outside of that all I think they have to show is it accepts interferance from other devices and is doesnt act as a radiator to other devices


They have ethernet, but not wifi. For that you'll need a usb dongle.

roadwarrior said,
Hey, just ship them to us in the US. We don't care about the CE mark (although the FCC might want them inspected too ;-) ).

I believe they still need to pass the UL certification in the US.

neufuse said,
you'd of thought they'd of applied for that stuff a while ago

They assumed that they didn't need one as they thought it would be classed as a "development board" like the Beagleboard is

M2Ys4U said,

They assumed that they didn't need one as they thought it would be classed as a "development board" like the Beagleboard is

They're stupid then. You don't assume stuff like that. Oh well lol.

neufuse said,
you'd of thought they'd of applied for that stuff a while ago

You would have thought someone who lives in the USA would know there is nothing like "would of" in English.

Spirit Dave said,
They're stupid then. You don't assume stuff like that. Oh well lol.

I think I'm right in saying that they did check around, but they thought they were exempt because the very similar Beagleboard doesn't require it.

AtriusNY said,

You would have thought someone who lives in the USA would know there is nothing like "would of" in English.

This is up there with misuse of "your", "their", and "its" for me. Every time I see "would of" instead of "would've" or "would have", I cringe and have to resist the temptation to correct.