The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a price increase for the Raspberry Pi 4, a single-board computer. As the Raspberry Pi 4 and Raspberry Pi Zero 2GB configuration were affected by the shortage of semiconductors, the price increase and the RAM 1GB model, which disappeared from the past lineup, will be revived.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation, as everyone knows, has somehow escaped the COVID-19 pandemic and said that the global supply chain is in a fluid state, and the industry has high demand for semiconductors and a shortage of supply. During the COVID-19 period, the growing demand for electronics for work or entertainment at home is causing a panic buying situation as companies are getting the parts they need to make their products.
According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the shortage of semiconductors is having a major impact on Raspberry Pi production. In February 2020, the foundation lowered the price of the Raspberry Pi 4 2GB model from $45 to $35 per unit and abolished the 1GB model with RAM.
However, due to this semiconductor shortage, the price of the Raspberry Pi 4 2GB model may increase from $35 to $45. In addition, the foundation said that to support many customers who have integrated the Raspberry Pi 4 2GB model into their products, the 1GB version will be reintroduced at the $35 price point. .
The Raspberry Pi Foundation said that in the history of the Raspberry Pi, the foundation has never raised the price of a product, and has lowered prices from generation to generation, sometimes from generation to generation. However, he sought understanding as it was the best way to support all of our customers in this makeshift strange time.
In addition, the semiconductor supply chain problem shows signs of easing, the foundation asserts that the price increase is only temporary. For prices other than Raspberry Pi 4, it is said that the increased price will be restored once the freeze problem is resolved. Related information can be found here.