Raspberry Pi has been offering tiny, inexpensive, low-power computers for a few years. Part of what makes Raspberry Pi products stand out from other single-board computers is that there’s a huge community of users and developers, which means there’s plenty of software designed to run on Raspberry Pi hardware and plenty of support resources.
But if you’d like a custom version of that hardware, now there’s a way to do that… sort of.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is now offering customers the option to order customized hardware. The only catch? You’ll need to place a pretty large order: LinuxGizmos reports minimum orders will start at around 3,000 to 5,000 units, depending on the type of customization you need.
In other words, the new custom Raspberry Pi option isn’t really aimed at hobbyists. But it could allow small businesses to use a Raspberry Pi as the basis for consumer electronics, industrial, or Internet of Things hardware by modifying the layout of the board, change the interfaces, headers, and connectors, or add features to the printed circuit board.
Raspberry Pi will work with manufacturing partner Element14 to build and distribute the new custom Raspberry Pi computers.