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Is there a Raspberry Pi shortage?

23 December 2021
The Raspberry Pi 4GB model is in very short supply with some retailers pushing lead times to 52 weeks. Source: Digi-Key

The venerable Raspberry Pi has joined the growing list of hard to come by electronics in the supply chain with wait times increasing to a year for some models.

According to a report from Tom’s Hardware, Raspberry Pi resellers have listings for models of Raspberry Pi, particularly the 4GB version, as out of stock and in the case of Digi-Key the lead times have been pushed to 52 weeks.

Tom’s Hardware also looked at various other distributors and resellers including Mouser, Adafruit, MicroCenter and more and all reported no stock. In the U.K., there is limited stock, but some are only stocking 2GB models.

The problems with Raspberry Pi supply are echoing other issues in the semiconductor supply chain that has been struggling to meet demand since late last year. The chip shortage has particularly hit hard the automotive market as demand for consumer electronics and compute technologies have risen substantially as lockdowns were put in place due to COVID-19.

Other models for Raspberry PI, such as the Pi Zero 2 W, are also nearly out of stock and other versions seem to be constrained.

According to the report, there is no timeline for more units to be available, however, about the same number of Raspberry Pi units were produced in 2021 as were in 2020: about 7 million units.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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