2021 hasn’t been kind to those in every industry who depend on computer chips of all kinds to run, and this is true for the Raspberry Pi team. No one has escaped the list of issues plaguing the shortage. semiconductors, and it is with a solemn message from Raspberry Pi’s Eben Upton that the company announced its first-ever price increase that will directly affect the Raspberry Pi 2GB model. There is a silver lining, however. because the company does everything in its power to maintain the viability of its customers and partners. One of those tactics is to bring the little brother back to the 2GB version, the 1GB Raspberry Pi.
The reasons for the shortages are multiple but the results are obvious, the lack of supply. What Upton went on to describe is that demand for the 2GB Raspberry Pi 4 has been deep and expectations were easily exceeded last year. But reality has set in and due to the chip shortage the company will only be able to produce around 7 million units, which is about the same as in 2020. That may sound like a lot, but if she had been able to sell 9 million, it is a big lack. Not to mention most people and businesses that use a Raspberry Pi are running multiple units at one time. Due to supply chain shortages and constraints and rising costs along the way, the price of the 2GB Raspberry Pi 4 has been reduced to the $ 45 price it once occupied, rather than the $ 35 award he had been enjoying since February of last year. But according to Upton, this is only temporary.
The silver lining here is that, in an effort to meet some of the demand and satisfy the market, Raspberry Pi has chosen to reintroduce its discontinued 1GB variant of the Raspberry Pi 4 and it will occupy its previous price of $ 35. While this obviously doesn’t solve the main issue of the chip shortage and supply chain fiasco, it does help customers who could very well get away with the 1GB variant and, hopefully, will allow more units to be on the market than if they were all allocated to 2GB models.
To reiterate the good news, this is all temporary according to Upton. In the blog post to raspberrypi.com, it appears the company is confident that by taking these steps it will have enough 28nm silicon to meet demand over the next 12 months and shouldn’t have to take additional measures. Raspberry Pi will be monitoring the global supply chain for its lineup and, momentum permitting, they are committed to getting prices back to normal as quickly as possible.