Corby firm distributes a second slice of Pi

Eben Upton from the Raspberry Pi Foundation at RS Components in Corby
Eben Upton from the Raspberry Pi Foundation at RS Components in Corby

Workers at RS Components in Corby have started shipping out the upgraded model of the £22 credit card-sized computer, the Raspberry Pi.

Customers around the world who have an order with RS and are awaiting delivery of their 256MB Raspberry Pi, will automatically receive the upgraded 512MB version.

The company in Birchington Road found itself at the centre of a technology sensation earlier in the year when it was picked to be one of only two distributors of the Raspberry Pi.

The tiny computer was created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote interest in computer programming among young people and enthusiasts, and has met with phenomenal global demand since its launch earlier this year.

Eben Upton, executive director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation said, “We’re really excited to be able to offer this enhanced version of the Model B Raspberry Pi, and are very grateful to our partners at RS for all their hard work in making this possible.

“We believe that the increase in memory will make the platform substantially more useable, especially for people who want to use it as a general purpose computer, or who want to use it to run enterprise-grade software written in languages like Java.”

Glenn Jarrett, global head of product marketing at RS Components, said: “The arrival into stock of the 512MB version is particularly good news for those customers who have waited so long for their Raspberry Pi, as they will now get a higher performance product.

“We would like to thank customers again for their patience, and assure them we are doing everything possible to fulfil their orders as quickly as we can.”

Staff at RS Components are working flat out to dispatch the Raspberry Pi all over the world.