Raspberry Pi: the $40 PC arrives

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Raspberry Pi: the $40 PC arrives

Distributor RS Components formally launches the Raspberry Pi in ANZ but warns of long wait times

With considerable buzz already in overeseas markets, the tiny bare-bones Raspberry Pi has been officially launched into Australia and New Zealand. 

Distributed by RS Components, the Pi will retail for "around $41" including door-to-door delivery. 
The Pi has captured the imagination of an enthusiastic audience with its low cost and design that harkens back to the Dick Smith electronics kits of yesteryear.

"At this price we won't get rich but we might get famous " quipped CM Lim head of Eelectonics Marketing for Asia Pacific.

 

 

The Raspberry Pi in action, loading Linux and running off a battery pack

 

RS Components stated that they expected the average purchaser to be an "engineer or student" and hopes that the small price tag and something will push users into new areas of "innovation and experimentation". Although initially thought of for the education sector, the Raspberry Pi has proven immensely popular with a broad range of users.

But the distributor warned of extensive wait times for the popular PC saying that there was no visibility on when delivery could be made on new orders despite a current production cycle of 15000 units every two days. 

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