Raspberry Pi Update: BeagleBoard Is Both FCC And CE Approved

As we reported yesterday Raspberry Pi is facing new challenges with its distributors asking for CE mark in order to sell the unit. The team is now working on getting the CE compliance.

Raspberry Pi team believed that they didn’t require CE mark as “It is common practice for development hardware to be sold without such certification, with the proviso that it should not be considered to be a “finished end product.” They gave example of BeagleBoard citing its System Reference Manual:

This evaluation board/kit does not fall within the scope of the European Union directives regarding electromagnetic compatibility, restricted substances (RoHS), recycling (WEEE), FCC, CE or UL, and therefore may not meet the technical requirements of these directives or other related directives.

There was a little twist last night when Koen Kooi, Software Engineering Manager, Circuitco posted on Google + that both BeagleBoard and BeagleBone are FCC/CE compliance.

“The BeagleBoard is both FCC and CE approved, I wonder why other community board projects keeps saying it isn’t.”

There is a document on BeagleBone’s certifications but we could not find any document on BeagleBoard. Koen told me that the documents related to BeagleBoard compliance will be uploaded on the wiki soon. He also shared an image of a BeagleBoard with CE stamp on it.

When I talked to Raspberry Pi, Eben Upton, a founder of the Raspberry Pi foundation, told me, “We’re really not trying to offend the Beagleboard team; we were only explaining why we originally felt justified in believing that we could distribute the first batch of Raspberry Pi devices without the CE mark.”

Update: After this article Raspberry Pi has updated their post to reflect the fact that BeagleBoard is in fact CE marked. We, at Muktware, are glad to assist the Raspberry Pi team in fixing this ‘bug’ :-)

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About Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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