I would like to purchase 500-1000 Raspberry Pi 3 Model B OEM units for commercial use.

How can I purchase the OEM version of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B?

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    What do you mean by OEM. Aren't they all OEM. It is not like an arduino with multiple clones. May 25, 2017 at 15:01
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    Welcome to Raspberry Pi! Please take the tour and visit the helpcenter to see how things work here. It is my understanding that you can use the Raspberry Pi in commercial products (see here). If you cannot purchase your desired number of units through the available vendors you might need to address the Raspberry Pi Foundation directly.
    – Ghanima
    May 25, 2017 at 15:16
  • @Ghanima thanks for your response. I found the OEM option from your link. As I understand OEM is special production for customer. May 25, 2017 at 15:26

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The Raspberry Pi is made by a number of different partner companies. It is not actually manufactured by the Raspberry Pi Foundation itself.

The manufacture of Raspberry Pi's as far as I am aware is by Element14/Premier Farnell. Originally they were made in China but are now produced in the UK, which is fitting, given the Foundation is a British organisation. You can read more about that here.

In terms of a Pi made for commercial use element 14 have an exclusive Raspberry Pi customization area. This allows companies to order customized Pi's in bulk orders.

You might also be interested in the Compute Module, which fits in a DDR2 SODIMM connector. This is aimed at people looking to produce custom PCBs.

The main thing to note is wherever you buy, say a Pi 3 Model B from. (Assuming its a reputable source). It will have been made to the same specifications as the rest of the Pi 3 Model B's. There is not a specific enterprise model, like there is for other computer hardware such as RAM and hard drives.

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