Now You Can Design Your Own Raspberry Pi

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Hardware startups constructing atop the Raspberry Pi microprocessor — of which there are lots already — can now order custom tweaks to the hardware to raised tailor the Pi to suit the wants of their enterprise.

The customization service for volume Pi orders was launched yesterday with Pi producer element14 offering design and manufacturing providers to OEMs eager to tweak Pi to go well with the precise wants of their Pi-powered purposes.

Makers can request to re-configure the board format; add or take away headers, connectors or interfaces; make modifications to configuration and on-board memory; and incorporate further performance — akin to further IO, built-in power administration, a wi-fi chip — by way of the Pi customization service.

The minimal order for custom Pi begins at between 3,000 to 5,000 boards, relying on the character of the customization.

Cumulative international gross sales of the $ 35/$ 25 Pi boards handed the 5 million mark in February this yr. Customized Pi might properly kick Pi gross sales up a gear — relying on the prices concerned. element14 says its engineers will reply to custom Pi proposals inside three weeks with pricing and “an overview of deliverables”.

An element14 spokeswoman added: “Pricing might be based mostly on the extent of customisation and the volume of boards required.  We’ll work with every particular person buyer on their necessities and work out pricing as a part of the quoting course of.”

Source : TechCrunch