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RS Components Announces Update on Raspberry Pi Availability

OXFORD, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

RS
Components
(RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents
plc
(LSE:ECM.L – News), the world’s leading high service distributor of
electronics and maintenance products, has released an update on the
pricing and availability of Raspberry Pi, the credit card sized computer
board designed to encourage a new generation of PC users to discover and
develop their programming skills.

Since the Raspberry Pi was announced on February 29th, RS has received
more than 200,000 registrations of interest on its websites across the
globe. RS is one of only two distributors licensed to sell the Raspberry
Pi boards worldwide.

The first batch of boards is due to arrive into RS warehouses towards
the end of March and will be despatched to customers on a first-come,
first-served basis in line with customer registrations. Due to the huge
demand for Raspberry Pi, orders will be restricted initially to one
board per customer. All customers who have registered an expression of
interest will be notified when they can place an order for Raspberry Pi
via the new, dedicated RS Raspberry Pi webshop.

By connecting a Raspberry Pi to a monitor or TV and keyboard, budding
computer programmers can use the power of the Raspberry Pi to develop
new programs, games and apps, enabling the board to then handle many of
the tasks traditionally performed by a PC, such as Internet browsing.

The Raspberry Pi boards from RS will be priced at £21.60 plus a shipping
charge of £4.95 to any destination worldwide, plus VAT and import duty
as applicable. Raspberry Pi users will require accessories such as a USB
A-B cable, HDMI cable, power supply and a SD memory card. Where
customers order these cables or other accessories at the same time from
RS, the same total shipping charge will apply.

On behalf of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Liz Upton, said, “We’ve every
confidence that our chosen distributors are doing everything possible to
satisfy the amazing demand for our first product. The level of demand
has really taken us by surprise but we know that RS has committed all
available resources to ramp up production and deliver Raspberry Pi
boards to eager customers as soon as possible.”

Glenn Jarrett, Head of Electronics Marketing at RS Components, said, “We
have never experienced this level of interest in a product and it has
been challenging to address the unexpectedly high levels of demand.
However, rather than simply rush Raspberry Pi to market, our priority is
to ensure that customers receive a product of outstanding quality and
reliability. I know it’s frustrating for those waiting to receive a
board but I’m certain they will be delighted when they get it. We’d like
customers to know that RS is working on a number of initiatives to help
them get the most from these innovative, educational computer boards and
we’ll be announcing these over the coming weeks.”

RS will be in regular communication with customers regarding the order
process and availability of the Raspberry Pi. PayPal and Visa or
MasterCard credit and debit cards will be accepted.

The Raspberry Pi concept was created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a
charity based in Cambridge, UK, and was conceived to encourage and
enable children to learn and apply computer programming.

-Ends-

About RS Components – www.rs-components.com

Further information is available via these links:
Twitter:
@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
Tweet: RS Components
Hashtags:
#ecommerce #electronics
RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

Relevant Links:
Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com
RS
Components
www.rs-components.com
DesignSpark
http://www.designspark.com

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