The Raspberry Pi Foundation is still struggling with the availability of its own single board computers. Even when the general shortage of chips is over, it can take months for the situation in retail to improve. This is due to the long lead times in the semiconductor industry.
Specifically, Youtuber Jeef Geerling reports on a conversation with Raspi founder Eben Upton, according to whom availability and expectations have not changed since the last blog post. In April 2022, Upton himself wrote that the Foundation is not getting enough components to meet demand. The OEM business is prioritized so that companies that rely on Raspis for their own products do not go bankrupt. In retail, Raspberry Pis are arriving in droplets.
In August 2022, an engineer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation wrote that the situation is likely to improve in the first half of 2023. At that time, the company was producing 400,000 to 450,000 Raspis per month – mainly current 4-series models with the Broadcom CPU BCM2711. The company’s own production facilities would produce even higher quantities, but there was still a lack of components from suppliers.
Production increases are yet to come
Semiconductor fabs are no longer running at full capacity, memory manufacturers are dumping their DRAM and NAND flash devices, and even formerly scarce chips like power management controllers (PMICs) are now available again. Concrete products, however, require certain components that are certified for precisely this purpose. When the production of these components is just being ramped up, it takes months before they reach the customer – that’s how long it takes a silicon wafer to be processed and then shipped in the form of individual chips.
Until there is generally better availability, the Raspberry Pi Foundation recommends keeping an eye on the official Raspi resellers. In Germany, for example, Berrybase and Reichelt, but also the heise shop, occasionally sell contingents at normal prices. The odds are best on the low memory versions.
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