IMPATIENT HARDWARE GEEKS have been demanding to know when they will get their teeth into the recently launched Raspberry Pi computers.
All anyone seems to know is that the devices have been selling like hot cakes, so The INQUIRER tracked down Eben Upton, executive director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation to find out what is going on. It seems that there is good news and bad news.
The good news is that "a very small number" - the first of the sample devices - have successfully made their way over from China and arrived in the Raspberry Pi offices last Friday.
Upton explained that the first units received by the Foundation from China were shipped to check build quality, components, and so on. He added that there was a design bug that was recertified before the final reference design was confirmed for the China factory. Then there was a period of around eight weeks during which time the suppliers were sourcing components and preparing for manufacturing.
He added that pre-order demand is in the "many tens of thousands", but volume shipment to fulfill the earliest pre-orders should follow in "the next week to ten days".
"The first couple of thousand are imminent," Upton said.
However - and here is the bad news - if you were not one of the very first to order a Raspberry Pi immediately after launch, you will have to wait until at least the middle of next month to receive one.
"The big new volume tranche of around 10,000 units will arrive in mid to late April. So anyone who ordered more than about an hour after the launch will get their unit then," Upton said.