Analysis

RS strikes deal to make Raspberry Pi in Japan

2nd December 2016
Mick Elliott

To meet growing demand in Asia/Pacific region, RS Components (RS), and the Raspberry Pi Foundation have announced that its latest iteration Raspberry Pi 3 credit-card-sized single-board computer will be manufactured in Japan under a local contract manufacturing arrangement.

“Existing models of the Raspberry Pi will continue to be manufactured in South Wales, UK, with the dual manufacturing locations in place to cater for future demand growth globally,” commented Rob Maycroft, Global Product Manager for Raspberry Pi at RS. “Asia Pacific is a significant growth market for Raspberry Pi, and this new "Made in Japan" element means that we are now geared up for this growth.”

Driven by the powerful on-board 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor, the first "Made in Japan" model will be the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, which has significantly upgraded processing capabilities and delivers 10x faster performance than the original Raspberry Pi.

Lindsley Ruth, Group Chief Executive at Electrocomponents, commented, “We are privileged to be a part of the phenomenal achievement that is Raspberry Pi. It has been a huge hit in many industrial applications as well as in the education sector. RS is a key link in the supply chain of this remarkable success story, and that will continue to be the case as added production is implemented in Japan.”

He continued, “At RS we are confident that this expansion of manufacturing into Japan will see the Raspberry Pi phenomenon continue to grow globally. As ‘computing everywhere’ increasingly becomes the ‘new norm’ there will undoubtedly be increased growth opportunities in industry, education, and the growing maker movement. As we see the proliferation of smart home, smart factory, smart grid and smart city applications, the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to be a huge growth driver for Raspberry Pi," continued Ruth. "Already the Raspberry Pi has become a laptop – the "Pi-top" , a build-your-own laptop, teaches the basics of computer architecture and enables students to access and modify the hardware capabilities of the laptop, not only the software.”

A range of Raspberry Pi Starter Kits is also available from RS. The Starter Kit comes in three versions, including the "official" high-quality kit and the lower-priced premium and value kits, meeting the needs of a range of customers and budgets.

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