Raspberry Pi production remains hampered by supply chain issues

Shortly: The availability of in-demand consumer electronics, including gaming consoles and graphics cards, is much healthier today compared to earlier in the year, but it’s not ubiquitous. As those in the market for a Raspberry Pi can attest, unless you want to grossly overpay for one from a third-party marketplace, finding one is just as tedious today as it was nine months ago. Worse, the situation is unlikely to improve anytime soon.

Back in April, Raspberry Pi CEO Ebon Upton said they’ve been able to build around half a million single-board computer and compute module products each month and expect to build at that rate in the coming months.

Upton also said at the time that they were prioritizing supplies to commercial and industrial customers who need Raspberry Pis to run their businesses, acknowledging that some people’s livelihoods were at stake. This meant that individual customers considering a Pi for a home project or prototyping could face some delays.

It’s been about five months, so where is the situation now? During a recent YouTube live stream, Jeff Geerling said he spoke to Upton and asked about the matter. Upton told him everything from the April post is still standing, meaning they still have supply constraints and are still prioritizing OEM customers they need for business. However, Upton noted that they are shielding some deliveries for retail customers.

If for any reason you need a Raspberry Pi ASAP, Geerling recommends emailing Raspberry Pi directly and explaining your situation to see if they can make an exception. There’s no guarantee you’ll be able to skip the line, but if you have a real need they might be able to work with you.

Raspberry Pi celebrated its 10th birthday earlier this year. At the time, the company said it had sold more than 45 million units to date — a number that’s undoubtedly higher seven months later.

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