Recently, a interview with Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi, in which I know speak a little about the analysis to the pressures that the company has had regarding the supply of the products, which have affected the availability of their single board computers.
In her It is explained that the last two years have been "strange" (between the pandemic and failing that which also led to a global chip shortage) and that this has interrupted the pace of continued development and release of new and better models of the Raspberry Pi.
With this and in simple words, he mentions that next year we will not see much action from the company, "Don't expect an RPi 5 next year ," Upton says.
Then elaborate and explain that 2023 is a “year of recovery”. The year of recovery is here to help the Raspberry Pi and the tech industry recover from the double whammy of a pandemic and a global chip shortage that caused a worldwide recession.
“We don't want people to end up on a waiting list,” Upton explains. We want people to wake up in the morning, want a Raspberry Pi, and immediately get one at 9 am the next morning.”
It is worth mentioning that these facts have also led Eben Upton to announce a "temporary" price increase for the Raspberry Pi 4 on October 20. Upton said the price of the 4GB Pi 2 would increase from $35 to $45 and that a previously discontinued version of the Pi 4 with 1GB of RAM would be reintroduced at $35.
“In February of last year, we announced that we would be discontinuing the 1GB variant of the Raspberry Pi 4 and lowering the 2GB product to our list price of $35. Unfortunately, the increased cost caused by the current shortage means that this product is currently not economically viable at this reduced price. So we are temporarily lowering it to $45,” said Eben Upton.
Introducing a Raspberry Pi 5 that couldn't "scale right" with demand, or consume the supply of other Pi devices, it would be "a disaster," Upton said. Not all shortages are related to fleas, Upton notes. “Some are for packaging, some are for testing capabilities, some are for substrates. »
Don't expect a Raspberry Pi 5 in 2023, says Eben Upton. According to Upton, the second half of 2023 is when supply chain woes should ease, and that's when it's time to start thinking about a fifth version of the Raspberry Pi.
Which means that five years could pass between the debut of Pi 4 and Pi 5 (since the last major release was in June 2019). Upton noted that RPi enthusiasts have never had to wait around three years for a new Raspberry Pi model, but added that in recent years, Raspberry Pi Trading, the entity that makes Pis, has made some major improvements to the models. existing.
The Raspberry Pi 400, for example, integrated a Pi Model 4 into a keyboard shortly after release, while the Raspberry Pi 4 was upgraded with twice the RAM less than a year after release. Upton also reminded viewers of the myriad of software upgrades that make the Pi interesting. 2022.
The Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized, ARM-based, single-board nanocomputer designed by professors in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cambridge as part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
It was created to democratize computing, computer access, and digital creation, and allows you to run various variants of the free GNU/Linux operating system, including Debian, and compatible software. It also works with the Microsoft Windows operating system: Windows 10 IoT Core6, Windows 10 on ARM, Google Android Pi7 and even a version of IBM's OS/MVT accompanied by the APL\3602 system.
Finally if you are interested in knowing more about itI invite you to see the interview with Eben Upton in the following link