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The Raspberry Pi rises in price, and the fault lies with the shortage of chips

The Raspberry Pi has been known for all these years as “the 35 dollar computer“But even these amazing miniPCs haven’t managed to cope with the chip shortage problem.

In fact, its creators have indicated that they have been forced to raise the price of Raspberry Pi for the first time. The $ 35 Raspberry Pi 4 model with 2GB will cost $ 45, although they emphasize that this price increase is temporary.

The upload is temporary and only affects the 2GB RAM model

In February 2020 the Raspberry Pi Foundation gave us all great news: the 2GB Raspberry Pi 4 it dropped in price and it happened to cost 35 dollars instead of the 45 with which it was launched. That decision came just before the pandemic that shook the world and had a clear impact on the development and distribution of electronic components.

The impact of this shortage of chips has now been felt in the prices of Raspberry Pi, which rise for the first time in history due to those component problems that this company is facing. Even Upton, creator of the Raspberry Pi, explained how shortages have made this and other models “are not economically viable with these reduced prices“.

That has caused the price to rise from $ 35 to $ 45, but as Upton himself explains, this price increase is “temporary”, although there is another affected model: the Raspberry Pi 4 with 1 GB of RAM makes its appearance again, especially aimed at industrial environments, and it does so at a price of 35 dollars.

Upton is nonetheless optimistic, and they hope “to have enough 28nm chips over the next 12 months” for the demand they expect from their customers, but also “we see initial signs that indicate that the supply chain situation is beginning to ease“.

For now, yes, the prices of these small and surprising miniPCs will be affected by the rise in that variant of 2 GB, but no price changes announced for other variants for the Raspberry Pi, nor for the Raspberry Pi 400 or the Compute Module 4.

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