The line models Raspberry Pi they were in short supply in 2022. The problem was caused by the global supply shortages that emerged in the pandemic. But 2023 promises to be a better year. According to Eben UptonCEO of Raspberry Pi, more than 100,000 units of the plaques have been reserved to ensure next year’s supply to end users.
At Raspberry Pi boards are popular for aligning a good range of features with a low price. But the chip shortage scenario made the organization’s costs increase. As a consequence, the 2GB Raspberry Pi 4 just got more expensive at the end of 2021 (it actually went back to its original value after a price reduction).
It was supposed to be a temporary measure. But in 2022, the Raspberry Pi continued to struggle to access components in reasonable quantities and costs. It is to be presumed that this even affected the development of the Raspberry Pi 5. The new line was expected for this year by many people.
In addition to the difficulty of being supplied with components, the Raspberry Pi has dealt with a significant increase in demand in recent years. As a result, many people had difficulty finding the organization’s plaques on the market, at least at reasonable prices.
100k units for 2023 (and counting)
On a ad posted this weekEben Upton revealed that more than 100,000 Raspberry Pi units have been earmarked for individual sales in 2023. They are split between the Zero W, 3A+ and 4 models.
This is not to say that this is the total number of units that the organization will provide in the coming year. The reservation is only a means of guaranteeing that final consumers do not run out of plaques.
The explanation lies in the fact that, in 2022, the purchase of lots of Raspberry Pi by industries and the like contributed to individuals having difficulties finding the product.
Upton’s expectation is that the supply of plates will return to pre-pandemic levels in the second quarter of 2023 and will be normalized by the end of the same year. The executive makes it clear that this will be a gradual process:
As the year progresses, you’ll likely see Zero and Zero W models return to general availability first, followed by products like the Raspberry Pi 3A+, which don’t have an extensive industrial customer base; and finally, the various versions of the Raspberry Pi 4.
A small price increase
This plan does not include price maintenance, after all, the costs for the organization have increased. The good news is that the boards are still affordable (at least for purchases in the US or Europe).
The price of the Raspberry Pi Zero jumped from $5 to $10. The Zero W version went from $10 to $15. The various Compute Module 4 options saw a $5 increase.
The Raspberry Pi 4 continues to start at US$ 35 (1 GB version), but the 2 GB version had its price maintained at US$ 45 (in 2020, the product had its price reduced to US$ 35).