Raspberry Pi gets global distribution

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has managed to get a global distribution deal for the Rasberry Pi.

The Pi is a cheap as chips computer which encourages kids and enthusiasts to tinker and learn more about hardware.

Element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts and a part of global electronics distributor Premier Farnell, has agreed to look after the distribution. Units of the Pi are available to pre-order from 29 February in Europe, the US and Asia.

The Element14 community will support the conversations, debate and sharing of knowledge and information from the anticipated flood of enthusiastic developers and first-time programmers keen to get the most from their Raspberry Pi.

Harriet Green, CEO of Premier Farnell, said that the move will bring the biggest online design engineer community together with one of the most exciting embedded computing products to be launched for decades.

Green hopes that it will start a programming revolution and encourage a new generation of engineers and computer experts.

The community will encourage everyone from developers, modders, coders and programmers to discuss, share and develop their ideas and fully utilise the potential of the Raspberry Pi computer.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity and supported by some big names in the IT industry. The idea is to provide people with a cheap PC that allows more developers to understand what truly goes on under the hood of a computing device.

This will eventually mean that the industry will need to rely less on development tools and power hungry layers of code, it is hoped. The Pi is available for £22 or $35.

Initially the Raspberry Pi will be sold in one uncased configuration, called the Model B, which has two USB slots, 256MB of RAM, HDMI slot, SD memory card slot and an Ethernet port.

This will be followed later in 2012 by the Model A which has 256MB Ram and a USB port.