RPi HardwareHistory

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Hardware & Peripherals:

Hardware - detailed information about the Raspberry Pi boards.

Hardware History - guide to the Raspberry Pi models.

Low-level Peripherals - using the GPIO and other connectors.

Expansion Boards - GPIO plug-in boards providing additional functionality.

Screens - attaching a screen to the Raspberry Pi.

Cases - lots of nice cases to protect the Raspberry Pi.

Other Peripherals - all sorts of peripherals used with the Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi 1st Production Board

  • Announced: 29th Feb 2012 - Start of Sale Only
  • Credit-card Format
  • Initial 10k Batch (All Model-B's) Manufactured in China (Jan/Feb 2012)[1]
  • Should look identical to the Raspberry Pi Beta Board below (except GPIO header will not be populated).
  • Nokia/Qt Development group has donated vouchers for 400 RPi units for developers[2]
  • The batch was delayed several weeks due to the RJ45 network connector being substituted for the wrong part[3]

Raspberry Pi Beta Production Board

The Rpi beta board (model B)
  • Announced: December 2011[4]
  • Credit-Card Format
  • Manufactured in UK
  • Produced 100[5] PCBs
  • Characteristic feature of hand-modded correction to PCB [6]
  • See the blog post which includes a video explaining how the production units will differ from the beta boards.

eBay Auction

10 of the completed Model-B boards were auctioned on eBay (Started on 1st Jan 2012) [7])

SerialNo: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7[8] #8[9] #9 #10
Date: 11-Jan-2012 11-Jan-2012 10-Jan-2012 10-Jan-2012 09-Jan-2012 09-Jan-2012 08-Jan-2012 08-Jan-2012 07-Jan-2012 07-Jan-2012
Sold For: £3,500 £2,150 £2,257 £1,550 £1,040 £1,000 £989 £1,020 £930 £1,900

Board #7 was anonymously (and generously) donated to Centre for Computing History[8] (also spotted here..)!

Board #8 Owned by Tech Blogger, Paul Maunders, see his blog for details[9]

Raspberry Pi Alpha Board

RPi Alpha Board
  • Announced: August 2011[10]
  • Large Format for debugging (Model-B)
  • Populated with headers for GPIO, JTAG, DSI, CSI, as well as switches and LEDs for I/O testing.

Raspberry Pi USB Prototype Board

RPi USB Prototype Board
  • Announced: May 2011
  • The "Computer On A USB Stick" Format
  • Included built-in camera
  • HDMI one end and single USB the other
  • Introduced the RPi Foundation to the world (any earlier links appreciated), featured by BBC Online Video.

Raspberry Pi Concept 2006 edition

Raspberry Pi Concept 2006 edition
  • Vero-board Prototype & PCB Version
  • Atmel ATmega644 microcontroller clocked at 22.1MHz[11]

See Also




  1. We’ve started manufacture!
  2. Nokia has Raspberry Pi vouchers for 400 Qt developers
  3. Manufacturing Hiccup
  4. Populated boards: an update on where we are
  5. We have PCBs! BETA
  6. (hand-mod) More on the beta boards
  7. We’re auctioning ten beta Raspberry Pis!
  8. 8.0 8.1 Beta board bought by anonymous bidder and donated to museum
  9. 9.0 9.1 Paul Maunders - Raspberry Pi #8 First Photoshoot
  10. The alpha boards are here!
  11. http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/264