Raspberry Pi, the small, low-cost computer designed to encourage children to get into programming, has been denied distribution by the UK distributors after the first shipment of 2,000 Raspberry Pi boards arrived in UK. the reason being that the device has not received a CE mark,a certification that shows that the device is confirmation with the EU regulations for consumer products. However, Raspberry Pi says it "respects" this view point of the distributors but since devices are a computing board and not a finished product, like the BeagleBoard, a similar hardware project, so they do not require the CE mark. But the group is working on receiving the certification as soon as possible. Liz Upton, a spokeswoman said in a post on the Raspberry Pi blog,
"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," regarding the government support she said, "We’re also talking to the Department for Business, Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), to better understand the terms under which devices like Beagleboard are permitted to ship to domestic end users in the UK, and to obtain a definitive statement as to whether we can distribute on the same terms," said Upton. She also accepts that the Government has been "incredibly supportive" in looking into this matter.
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