DISTRIBUTOR RS Components said it will have the first batch of Raspberry Pi microcomputers in its warehouses by the end of March.
RS Components along with Farnell were picked as distributors by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to flog its tiny cut-price computer, however both firms have been overwhelmed by demand. Since the 29 February launch, Raspberry Pi had reported the discovery of a manufacturing fault with Ethernet jacks used on the device ,resulting in RS Components now saying it expects to receive the first batch in its warehouse towards the end of March and will dispatch them on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation's plan to sell a £21 computer has garnered significant consumer and media interest. The first batch of devices sold out within minutes and the outfit has been working to reassure those who missed out on the first batch that more Raspberry Pi units are coming.
Glenn Jarrett, head of Electronics Marketing at RS Components said, "We have never experienced this level of interest in a product and it has been challenging to address the unexpectedly high levels of demand. However, rather than simply rush Raspberry Pi to market, our priority is to ensure that customers receive a product of outstanding quality and reliability. I know it's frustrating for those waiting to receive a board but I'm certain they will be delighted when they get it. We'd like customers to know that RS is working on a number of initiatives to help them get the most from these innovative, educational computer boards and we'll be announcing these over the coming weeks."
Liz Upton, the public face of the Raspberry Pi Foundation also commented that it was caught out by the high demand but echoed Jarrett's comments, saying RS Components had "committed all available resources to ramp up production and deliver Raspberry Pi boards to eager customers as soon as possible".
Although the Raspberry Pi is nothing more than a very cheap computer, it is being marketed as a device that will help students learn how to program rather than drive Microsoft Office. Last week the popular Fedora Linux distribution announced an operating system geared specifically for use on the Raspberry Pi. µ