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All-you-can-eat as manufacturer lifts order restrictions on Raspberry Pi

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by Chloe Albanesius, 17 Jul 2012News
All-you-can-eat as manufacturer lifts order restrictions on Raspberry Pi

The makers of the pint-sized Raspberry Pi computer today lifted purchase restrictions on the device.

Until today, buyers were limited to one Raspberry Pi per customer, but "as of this morning, you'll be able to buy as many Raspberry Pis as you want from both RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell," Raspberry Pi said in a blog post.

The company said its manufacturing partners are currently making about 4,000 Raspberry Pi computers each day, and demand continues to be high.

Announced at the beginning of February, the Raspberry Pi is the size of a credit card and costs between £25-30. It plugs into a TV or keyboard, and can be used for word processing, games, and also plays high-definition video.

Today's news is important to those using the Raspberry Pi in the enterprise or in schools, the company said. "If you've been waiting for the Raspberry Pi to be in general delivery before you order, now's the time to get your order in; it helps us to plan the supply chain efficiently if we have a bit of visibility of what's just down the road."

RS Components said orders should reach customers by the end of September, while Farnell is predicting a delivery time of 4-6 weeks. Farnell, however, said those who want more than 10 Raspberry Pi devices should contact the company for delivery estimates.

Over the weekend, Raspberry Pi said it was also working on a camera add-on for the device.

For more, see ITProPortal's review of Raspberry Pi.

In May, VIA Technologies took on Raspberry Pi with a tiny, caseless Android-based computer called the APC 8750.

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