I am getting quiet excited about the potential of the Raspberry Pi boards, especial as XBMC is running on it. Last nigh on the Raspberry Pi blog they said that the the boards are currently being manufactured and they will be on sale in the UK before the end of the month. Also if your really technical you can download the datasheet for the ARM processor SoC on the board.
I’ve got some bad and good news about manufacturing. The bad news is that it’s taking a little longer than we’d hoped, because the factory had some trouble sourcing a specific component. The quartz crystal package we had chosen when we thought we were manufacturing in the UK is readily available over here in Europe, and was the cheapest we could find; but it turns out that in China, that crystal package has been overtaken in price and size by a smaller, cheaper one, so the one we’d designed for has been a bit hard to find. The factory has sourced crystals now, so we’re all go. The good news is that this finally means we have a date for the first batch: the boards will be finished on February 20. Eben and I may be going to China to make sure that the boards can be brought up properly for that date if necessary. We’ll be airfreighting them to the UK immediately, so you should be able to buy them before the end of the month.
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