New low cost credit card sized computer now available to pre-order from RS websites
Oxford, UK, 29 February 2012 - RS Components (RS), the
trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM),
the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and
maintenance products, today announced that the revolutionary credit
card sized single-board computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation
is now available to pre-order from RS websites around the world.
Created for educators, programmers, developers and IT enthusiasts,
the kits can be pre-ordered at www.rswww.com.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity established to promote
the development of computer development skills in education across
the globe. Its vision is for Raspberry Pi to provide budding IT
developers and programmers with a base platform to exploit the full
power and potential of computing within the Linux environment, at a
remarkably low cost. As such, Raspberry Pi computers act as an
enabler for the next generation of programmers to enter the IT
RS was selected as a distribution partner for Raspberry Pi
because, in the eyes of the Foundation, it connects with engineers
across the globe throughout their careers. As such, the
company is well positioned to provide Raspberry Pi adopters with
support, advice and access to additional resources as they embark
on new development activities. It was particularly impressed with
the DesignSpark community and resources provided for new developers
working on Open Source designs.
"RS has always been a trusted and reliable partner for engineers
across the globe. The RS DesignSpark community and their free
PCB design software connects with engineers throughout their
career, and is being adopted by many universities around the
world," said Eben Upton, founder and trustee of Raspberry Pi. "This
ethos of providing resources for engineers, along with the
company's support for open source design, makes RS the ideal
distribution partner for Raspberry Pi."
Glenn Jarrett, Head of Marketing, Electronics, at RS Components,
added, "Raspberry Pi provides a revolutionary low cost platform,
which opens up programming to a whole new audience. We are very
honoured to have been chosen to work with the Foundation as a
distribution partner at the launch of this exciting new tool."
Further information on the Raspberry Pi Foundation can be found
For more details on the RS DesignSpark community please visit www.designspark.com.
Raspberry Pi can be pre-ordered from the RS website at
About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading
brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world's leading high service
distributor of electronics and maintenance products. Through
operations in 32 countries and 17 warehouses, the Group serves 1.6
million customers worldwide and distributes 550,000 products
ranging from semiconductors and optoelectronics to power tools and
protective clothing. The product and service portfolio supports the
entire product lifecycle from R&D through pre-production to
maintenance and repair. The Group ships more than 46,000 parcels on
the same day the orders are received.
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock
Exchange and in the last financial year to 31 March 2011 had
revenues of £1.18bn.
For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-components.com.
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