The last few months have not been so positive for the Raspberry Pi🇧🇷 The organization struggled to maintain inventory of its small computers due to global semiconductor crisis🇧🇷 In reaction to the bitter period, CEO Eben Upton said that 2023 will be the “year of recovery”. The manufacturer, on the other hand, has no hope of launching the Raspberry Pi 5 next year.
The statement came from an interview made by the executive to the YouTube channel ExplainingComputers on Sunday (18).
In the conversation, Upton recalled the difficulties that consumers faced to buy a Raspberry Pi in the past 18 months due to chip shortage🇧🇷
“We don’t want people to get on a waiting list,” he said. “We want people to wake up in the morning, want a Raspberry Pi and buy one at 9am.”
This whole statement determined the company’s focus at this moment: to normalize the stock.
Especially when considering the complexity of the business, which serves both individual consumers and companies that buy multiple units of the device at once.
In the end, the sky is the limit for the device🇧🇷
And that’s where the sad news for small computer enthusiasts comes in: according to Upton, the company should not launch a new generation of the device in 2023.
“Don’t expect a Pi 5 next year,” he announced. Next year is a year of recovery.”
Raspberry Pi 5 expected to arrive in 2024
The co-founder of Raspberry Pi pondered the situation: “on the one hand, it kind of slowed us down. On the other hand, it delayed everything. So I think there’s merit to a year going by before we think about introducing anything,” he explained.
And all this worry is not in vain. Launches are important, but what’s the use of updating the portfolio if there are no means to deliver the product to the consumer in a timely manner?
In addition, for cost reasons, there are those who opt for older computer models.
But this does not mean that the company has ignored the new generation. If all goes well, the Raspberry Pi 5 could even be unveiled in the second half of next year.
But the most realistic expectation brings a longer waiting time: depending on the scenario, the launch should only happen in 2024.
The Raspberry Pi 4 family, it is worth remembering, was introduced in 2019🇧🇷
With information: Ars Technica🇧🇷 ExplainingComputers and The Verge