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$35 Raspberry Pi Model B Sold Out Within Minutes

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Stock $35 Raspberry Pi units sold out within hours, but consumers can still purchase the credit card-sized computer which will be built to order.

The long-awaited Raspberry Pi is now available to purchase, but currently it's strictly a one-per-customer situation until the rush of orders subside within the next month or so. Eben Upton, Executive Director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, reports that they've landed global licensing deals with RS Components and Premier Farnell, under which they will be responsible for all manufacturing and distribution of the Model A and Model B devices.

"The involvement of RS Components and Premier Farnell means that we can build volume much, much faster than would have been possible on our own," adds the Raspberry Pi website. "We are no longer limited to batches of only 10k Raspberry Pis; the Raspberry Pi will now be built to match demand."

"Both Premier Farnell and RS Components have worldwide distribution networks, so wherever you are in the world, you will be able to buy from a local distributor," the site adds. "This will saves you money on shipping; it’s a much better way for you to buy than getting them all shipped from the Foundation in the UK."

The first units to be produced will be the $35 Raspberry Pi Model B which include an additional Ethernet port and two USB ports. The team has also updated the $25 Model A to include 256 MB of RAM, double the original planned specs, which will be going into production immediately.

"We are launching with Model Bs as there has been a much larger demand for them from the community," the team states. "This first launch is aimed at software and hardware enthusiasts, makers, teachers and others who want to build exciting things with the Raspberry Pi before the official educational launch, which will happen later in 2012."

The Raspberry Pi is available at either Premier Farnell or RS Components. However both sites are reportedly experiencing a heavy load (as is the Raspberry Pi website, as the static site has been temporarily changed). International customers may also discover that Raspberry Pi is not available yet in their territory, so customers are asked to be patient and check back in a few hours.

UPDATE: Stock units carried by Premier Farnell sold out within minutes. "We're amazed at the level of interest and sorry so many of you were frustrated today; if you pre-order now, your Pi will be built to order," reads the official Twitter account. RS Components is only taking registrations, and expects to receive its stock soon.

One consumer claims that he pre-ordered the device here in the States from UK-based Newark (part #83T1943), but the lead time is 30 days. Handling fee is also $20 per order, meaning the $35 device becomes a $55 purchase. The handling fee was an error says Newark, and has since been fixed.

Premier Farnell reports that it's seen a 300-percent uplift in web traffic since the Raspberry Pi went live, and over 600 registrations of interest, visits or pre-orders every second. The company is currently offering the Model B only, but will also have two bundles and an accessory pack available soon.

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    jdog2pt0 , March 1, 2012 12:28 AM
    -USB means Bluetooth dongle
    -Bluetooth means wireless keyboard and mouse
    -Wireless keyboard and mouse means my TV just got a whole lot more awesome
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    omega21xx , March 1, 2012 12:00 AM
    nforce4maxInteresting that it sold so quickly given it's size and specs.

    It's only $35, so even at those specs it's worth dropping a few bucks to get something new to toy with. At least for me it's something I can use to start messing with for coding or Ubuntu TV :) 
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    nforce4max , February 29, 2012 11:35 PM
    Interesting that it sold so quickly given it's size and specs.
  • 16 Hide
    omega21xx , March 1, 2012 12:00 AM
    nforce4maxInteresting that it sold so quickly given it's size and specs.

    It's only $35, so even at those specs it's worth dropping a few bucks to get something new to toy with. At least for me it's something I can use to start messing with for coding or Ubuntu TV :) 
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    AznCracker , March 1, 2012 12:03 AM
    Where was I when it went on sale! AHHHH!jhabfjhsbvcksd
  • 20 Hide
    jdog2pt0 , March 1, 2012 12:28 AM
    -USB means Bluetooth dongle
    -Bluetooth means wireless keyboard and mouse
    -Wireless keyboard and mouse means my TV just got a whole lot more awesome
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    ansemx324 , March 1, 2012 1:51 AM
    Although the specs don't seem very impressive, it can handle 1080p video and it can use xbmc, so for $35 its perfect for that use. Also at only 5 watts that is plenty to run a simple home file server at less than $10/year for power, and I'm sure there are endless uses for something so inexpensive with such little power requirements!
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    Anonymous , March 1, 2012 2:09 AM
    Cheap linix server for my house.
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    Anonymous , March 1, 2012 2:24 AM
    how much power does it need?
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    acadia11 , March 1, 2012 2:53 AM
    ok, i still fail to see the point of this?
  • 4 Hide
    Darkk , March 1, 2012 3:03 AM
    Finally a device that is reasonable to run stuff like a linux firewall / router, Roku clone, run embedded linux OS and list goes on and on all for around $35!!

    Sign me up for a couple.
  • 4 Hide
    ojas , March 1, 2012 3:48 AM
    pale sheet of paperCheap linix server for my house.

    Linux?
  • 6 Hide
    atikkur , March 1, 2012 4:09 AM
    and we waiting for any review...
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    joytech22 , March 1, 2012 4:28 AM
    I know, and I got one! HAHAHAHA I had to buy it over the phone because the sites went down.
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    atikkur , March 1, 2012 4:39 AM
    will it run windows os?
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    Anonymous , March 1, 2012 4:45 AM
    If people use Pi to build a media player, aren't you need to buy DTS license for that?
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    tlmck , March 1, 2012 4:45 AM
    The Altair lives in modern form!
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    nickwalters , March 1, 2012 4:49 AM
    Handling fee makes it sound a little hokey. The Twitter post you speak of has a comment where another person claimed $20 for shipping....which from the UK isn't so bad. I'm very much looking forward to getting one for extremely low power computing. Get a low cost 10" HDMI TV with built in battery and a USB port that is usually for hooking up media, and instead use it to power the computer, then attach a very small solar power system, and suddenly you have an inexpensive computer for "normal" use that never uses any mains power. Right now the majority of my electrical use is from a laptop and 4 watt LED light bulb. If I switch to this I'm cutting my usage by amazing amounts!

    Also consider if the production ramps up and it gets cheaper....what about racks of these as huge inexpensive cloud computers.
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    cancer2 , March 1, 2012 9:18 AM
    Carputer anyone?
    Raspberry Pi + Digital Picture Frame + touch membrane + phone charger = Carputer
    What is really nice is the Bluetooth capabilities, you can use your smartphone to interact with it.
    I think this is great material for a project.
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    nickwalters , March 1, 2012 9:42 AM
    Small update on $20 charge. I've read a letter from newark stating they will be re-funding the $20 charge, and that it was a mistake in their system, so I'm guessing this wasn't for shipping as I'd guessed.

    The question still remains of where the 10,000 units went from the first batch. I've tried to find anyone stating they got in on buying a unit from the first batch and haven't seen one report. I vlog'd on youtube hoping to find anyone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5DQXM88Tc8

    Also it's been said at first there would only be orders of 1 unit allowed until major manufacturing could gear up, and people have already stated that pre-sales(for second batch I guess) have allowed the order of multiple units....what's up with that?
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    gtvr , March 1, 2012 11:14 AM
    what do you need to make this work...

    Power adapter?
    Case?
    Persistent storage?
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    nickwalters , March 1, 2012 11:34 AM
    gtvrwhat do you need to make this work...Power adapter?Case?Persistent storage?


    You've got it basically. It comes with everything you need except storage, keyboard, mouse, power, and monitor. It can hookup to older TV's via an RCA connector, or to a HDTV or monitor via HDMI. It has USB ports for connection of KB/Mouse(or other things with a hub). It has a 1/8" jack for sound. A jack for power, which in diff versions has either been mini-USB or a jack, and I'm unsure what the final version uses Lastly it has an ethernet port for networking. All in a package the size of a credit card. Onboard it has 256mb of ram, CPU, GPU, USB, Ethernet and Sound. Storage can be installed either through a SD slot or by using a USB thumb drive.
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