updated 06:35 am EDT, Thu March 29, 2012
Raspberry Pi hit with another shipping delay
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has explained a new and unanticipated delay ahead of the anticipated arrival of its hacker and enthusiast friendly Raspberry Pi micro-computer. The UK distributors of the Linux-based home theatre PC, RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell, have told the foundation that they are not prepared to ship the devices until they receive CE certification. Raspbery Pi, although arguing that their micro-PCs don’t constitute a ‘finished end product,’ have said that they will respect the decision of its partners.
The latest hold-up follows a production glitch in early March, where incorrect Ethernet parts were sourced and went into production. Although the foundation had specified Ethernet jacks with integrated magnetics, non-magnetic jacks were inadvertently fitted to a batch making them unable to connect to a network. After de-soldering the incorrect parts and re-soldering the correct ones, the issue was overcome, but not before affecting supply.
Raspberry Pi says the latest delay should not be significant, but will stop the distributors from being able to give firm shipping dates. It is also in talks with the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as to how other similar devices like the Beagleboard are permitted to ship without CE certification and see if there may be a workaround to get the Raspberry Pi ARM-powered micro-PCs into the hands of users sooner. They promise to update customers on the matter when they have more information.
The Raspberry Pi is available in two models, an ‘A’ variant for $25 and a ‘B’ variant for $35. For the extra $10, the ‘B’ version gives users two USB ports and an Ethernet port.