CHARITABLE ORGANISATION, The Raspberry Pi Foundation has hit a snag in shipping the first batch of its microcomputers.
The first batch of 10,000 Raspberry Pi PCs sold out almost immediately, leaving some potential buyers frustrated. Those that did manage to order the hardware might find themselves frustrated too, however, because of a manufacturing problem.
"It's inevitable, isn't it - you're freewheeling along perfectly happily and then you get a puncture," says a blog post on the Raspberry Pi Foundation web site.
"As you'll have noticed, there's been a bit of a delay in shipping the first batch of Raspberry Pis out to people. This is because of a hardware parts substitution that was made in the factory by accident."
While the foundation had requested jacks with integrated magnetics in the BOM and schematics, the factory it is using to make the micro PCs used non-magnetic jacks.
"No magnetics means no network connection. We've known about this for four days now, but we haven't been able to tell you about it because it meant we had to do some further tests to make sure that nothing else was affected," adds the blog.
"Happily, it's a very minor problem to fix (desolder the dud jack/solder on a new one), and the factory is nearly done working on replacing them on the first set of boards. This means that the first tranche of boards should still go out to customers as we were expecting."
There will be delays in shipping subsequent batches however, if there is a problem locating the necessary replacements.
The foundation added, "We'll keep you updated with how manufacture 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." µ