Leading store for electronics design engineers, element14 Pty Ltd has entered into a global distribution deal with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to offer its ground-breaking credit card sized computer.
Harriet Green, CEO of Premier Farnell, the company behind element14 explains that the partnership brings together a global online design engineer community with one of the most exciting electronic embedded computing solutions to be launched for decades.
The element14 Community will encourage everyone from developers and modders to coders and programmers discuss, share and develop their ideas and fully utilise the game-changing potential of the Raspberry Pi computer.
The Raspberry Pi computer takes its lead from a history of iconic education-targeted computers that influenced the adoption of automation in industry, science and research from the late 1970s. Design engineers and aspiring coders across the world are waiting to see how it can be modified and what innovative programs can be created to run on it.
A charity formed and supported by influential computing minds and businesses, the Raspberry Pi Foundation believes in the need for more developers to understand the inside of computing devices with less reliance on development tools and code.
The element14 Community has been supporting design engineers for over two years, offering organic support, expert advice and information to all members and a platform to share ideas and examples freely.
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 devices.
Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation explains that the Raspberry Pi computing devices are designed to address the decline in core computing skills, with help from the element14 Community, which supports developers of all skill levels.
The distribution agreement will see Premier Farnell distribute the Raspberry Pi in all its territories under the brands of Newark element14 in North America, Farnell element14 in Europe and element14 in Asia Pacific.
Model B of the Raspberry Pi will be initially available for customers with the configuration featuring two USB slots, 256MB of RAM, HDMI slot, SD memory card slot and an Ethernet port. Model A with 256MB RAM and one USB port will follow subsequently.