Raspberry Pi delayed by "manufacturing hiccup"

8 Mar 2012

Shipments of the low-cost educational PC have been delayed

The creators of the Raspberry Pi have admitted a manufacturing flaw has delayed shipments of the sold-out, pocket-money computer.

Raspberry Pi is a small, low-cost computer designed to inspire children to take up programming. The first run of 11,000 devices sold out soon after going on sale.

The group behind the low-cost computer said it has known about the flaw in the first batch of devices for four days, but wanted to fully understand the problem before going public.

"It's inevitable, isn't it - you're freewheeling along perfectly happily and then you get a puncture," wrote spokeswoman Liz Upton in a blog post.

The delay is the result of the factory using non-magnetic jacks instead of parts with integrated magnetics. "No magnets means no network connection," she said. The two pieces look so alike they need to be dismantled or have an x-ray taken to tell them apart.

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The problem is minor, and the factory has almost finished replacing the jacks. "This means that the first tranche of boards should still go out to customers as we were expecting," she said. However, subsequent shipments may be slightly delayed as the team now has to source more magnetic jacks.

"We are very, very sorry," Upton added. "We'll keep you updated with how manfacture is moving; this is, in the scheme of things, a minor problem, but it's still a bump in the road and we know that we rely on your goodwill to keep things moving forward."

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