what does "all testing passed" mean?
There are two classes of testing, Class A (industrial) and Class B (residential).
If someone says it passed, but doesn't say which one, what should we assume?
The device is clearly being marketed to residential users, so does "swimmingly"
mean that's what has been certified?
Many people have said it would be quite amazing to get Class B certification without a case,
so it would be important to hear that specifically. Otherwise what are Farnell and RS
supposed to do with just a Class A certification? Will they have to hold or cancel
I wonder if they can do what TI and DigiKey do with the BeagleBone:
"Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at their own expense."
-from page 2 of "BeagleBone Rev A5 System Reference Manual" dated February 2, 2012
UPDATE: The document below shows BeagleBone does have FCC Class B (residential use) status. Their reference manual says Class B, but then provides the FCC Class A (commercial) wording I quoted above, for some reason.
Message was edited by: John Beale
I agree that the Beaglebone situation is unclear, since they say Class B,
but describe Class A. In any case, I wish I knew if Farnell & RS are planning
to treat RPi like BeagleBone. I've asked on another thread if they intended
to require Class B, but have not been answered, except being asked to stand by.
I think they might treat RPi differently, since we have been told that their
thinking is affected by the large number of preorders, and also possibly by
the user demographics.
I'm not as confident as you seem to be that the testing done so far will
"alleviate any possible delays based on testing".
The FCC rules, Title 47, section 15.3 "Definitions", paragraph i, say:
"Class B digital device. A digital device that is marketed for use in a
residential environment, notwithstanding use in commercial, business
and industrial environments. Examples of such devices include, but
are not limited to, personal computers, calculators, and similar
electronic devices that are marketed for use by the general public."
But apparently, Class B testing has not been done, even though the
RPi is being marketed as a PC for use in residential environments.
There is another section, 15.32 "Test procedures for CPU boards
and computer power supplies", but it doesn't seem to have been
followed, from what we know. It refers to testing within an enclosure
with the cover removed.