Good news from Raspberry Pi hits the market. Anyone looking to purchase a Raspberry Pi over Christmas may be in luck. The company announced a significant increase in gadgets.
A blog post titled “Supply chain update – it’s excellent news!” was published to share the information.
Eben Upton, the CEO of Raspberry Pi, stated that 100,000 devices had been reserved for single-unit sales. And that the Raspberry Pi Zero will be offered for bulk purchases in 2023.
In response to earlier supply concerns, Raspberry Pi also anticipates reaching pre-pandemic levels by the second half of 2023. Single-unit sales are expected to play a significant role in the company’s restoration to its “equilibrium stocking level.”
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Good news from Raspberry Pi: supply for Raspberry Pi
We’ve got some good news for you, for the first time in a couple of years of semiconductor supply chain horror, Upton said.
This year, in the run-up to the holiday season, “as a thank-you to our army of extremely patient enthusiast customers, we’ve been able to set aside a little over 100,000 units, split among Zero W, 3A+, and the 2GB and 4GB varieties of Raspberry Pi 4 for single-unit sales.”
The Raspberry Pi Zero and Zero W will both face a $5 price hike. So the news isn’t all good.
The Zero, according to Upton, has always offered very low margins due to its extreme minimalism. And would “no longer be commercially feasible at its original price points” given the current cost hikes.
However, he continued, “we no longer expect to see the single-unit constraints that have been a hallmark of Zero since its launch in 2015. You’ll be able to buy as many as you want at a time” once the stock difficulties had been resolved.
Upton continued, “While we’re still not out of the woods, things are definitely getting better. Customers should always purchase from an Approved Reseller to guarantee they receive the best pricing.
“We enter 2022 without a great deal of vision into our future silicon supply chain, but we leave it with a lot more. Because of this, we can confidently state that, following a lean first quarter in 2023, we anticipate supply to rebound to pre-pandemic levels in the second quarter and to be limitless in the third and fourth quarters.”