Production difficulties with the highly anticipated Raspberry Pi computer have lead to the initial batches being delayed.
It was announced earlier this week that the mistake is responsible for a decrease in production speed of the credit-card sized £22 (approximately $35 USD) computer. The error in question was one of a human nature, with the incorrect networking components being soldered onto the board. The result is a computer with non-working networking hardware.
It has been speculated that this could result in further delays for the second “Model A” Raspberry Pi, which was initially due to be release later in March. Originally slated for a “late February” release, the Raspberry Pi was produced from the ground up with the sole intention of filling a much needed gap in the market; providing a low-cost educational tool for young people to learn the fundamentals of computer programming.
The second market is that of enthusiasts, and it is these people who are the most disappointed with the announcement. Thankfully, the vast majority of these potential clients are happy to wait for what is already becoming one of the most high-profile computer launches in history.
“Thanks for being so upfront guys. Easy mistake to happen and completely out of your hands. Would rather receive a product that works than have to return it and get another” declared one commenter on the official Raspberry Pi blog.
Undoubtedly to the relief of all involved, Raspberry Pi management have said they are “very, very sorry” and have stated that swapping out the incorrect ethernet jacks for the appropriate part would be a “minor problem to fix.” There are however delays to be expected, as this process does take time. As with any large scale product launch, considerable numbers of this component were ordered in for the production stages, and these will now need to be returned and replacements found before working units can be produced in any great quantity.
Anybody wishing to acquire one of these hugely popular bare-bones computers will need to register their interest with either Farnell or RS Components. There is currently no way to directly order a machine, but stock is anticipated shortly and the wait should with any luck be reasonably brisk. I have had my pre-order in place for a number of weeks now, so am very eager to get my hands on one.