RETAILER RS Components has informed customers of a five week delay to their Raspberry Pi orders.
RS Components, one of the two major retailers selected by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to distribute the cheap, diminutive devices, has been hit by yet another delay. The firm informed customers on its Raspberry Pi waiting list that due to high demand for the system-on-chip (SoC) used in the device, deliveries could be delayed by up to five weeks.
While RS Components said it is working to reduce delays, rival distributor CPC, which is part of Farnell, told The INQUIRER that it has built up stock and is getting ready to launch Raspberry Pi kits with accessories such as an HDMI to VGA convertor and a WiFi dongle. The firm said the kits will go on sale from 3 September, suggesting that the shortage is limited to RS Components.
RS Components' email to customers said it will be receiving 40,000 Raspberry Pi devices in September with more to come in October. The firm said, "This delay is due to the very high level of demand on the core Raspberry Pi processor chip. Unfortunately, this means that your order could be delayed by up to 5 weeks, although we are trying to reduce this as much as possible."
Demand for the Raspberry Pi has been extremely strong and it's not surprising. With its impressive specifications and low price, the device has been used by hobbyists and those simply wanting a low-power XMBC media player. Recently RS Components and Farnell along with its subsidiaries removed order limits, as it was thought production levels would be able to cope with demand, however at least in the case of RS Components, that doesn't seem to have been the case.
RS Components did not get back to us with further comment on the delay. µ