Raspberry Pi faces production glitch, shipping delayed

The recently launched Raspberry Pi, which received an overwhelming acceptance and subsequent preorders has now suffered a sudden hiccup. This small credit-card sized computer, reportedly made an error during production. A wrong type of networking jack was placed on some of the circuit boards, leading to a delay in the shipping of the first batch of these miniaturized computers. This in turn could lead to the delay of future shipments of the Raspberry Pi.

High demand!

Production glitch




Raspberry Pi is a single board computer that can be connected to a generic USB mouse, keyboard and a monitor, and weighs 0.044 grams. It was developed to improve the programming skills of children and started selling, since the day of its launch. It received huge response and a large number of preorders. The official site was facing a lot of traffic, as the supposedly the company is selling 700 units/ second. This miniaturized PC can be picked in two models – model A that comes without networking and model B with networking jack. Moreover, all three firms to distribute the products have sold the initial stock. 


The mini-computer is capable of performing several tasks, just like your PC and is also said to handle high-definition videos, spreadsheets and word processing. The Raspberry Pi is powered by ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor, VideoCore IV GPU, and 128 or 256 MB of RAM. There is support for OpenGL and some 3D rendering and overclocking, too. The production of Raspberry Pi has been outsourced to China where some of its parts accidently switched. Though Raspberry says it’s a minor problem to fix, but it would result invariably result in delay of future gadgets. 


There are also Linux variants of the product and users in India can pre-order it for Rs.2,350 from element14. However, the exact shipping dates are unclear, yet.

Published Date: Mar 12, 2012 06:13 pm | Updated Date: Mar 12, 2012 06:13 pm