By constructing its very own Parallella cluster Adapteva received validation that the company is finally ready to ship its gen-0 Parallella boards to backers. It has certainly been a long time coming. It seems like ages ago that Adapteva shipped the bulky Parallella prototypes. Now, Adapteva shipped the first credit card sized gen-0 Parallella board to a Kickstarter backer and approximately 40 more will go out to other early access backers (ROLF, 64-CORE-PLUS, and DEVELOPER reward levels) and people who generously answered the company's request for help.
Adapteva is also ready to take pre-orders for the 16-core Parallella board on-line. Adapteva was able to keep the Parallella entry point at $99 - for the zynq-7010 version - without losing money. It goes without saying that that the pre-orders will be fulfilled only after the Kickstarter backer orders have all shipped.