Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton has announced the company’s first ever price hike, all due to a global component shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Raspberry Pi can build up to 7 million devices this year, up from last year’s figure, companies are buying more components than before to ensure their products can be built. As a result, the Raspberry Pi Zero and the 2GB variant of the Raspberry Pi 4 were in short supply.
To address this issue, the manufacturer is bringing the price of the Raspberry Pi 4 back from 2GB to $ 45. The model debuted at that price, but the Raspberry Pi dropped it to $ 35 in 2020 to replace the discontinued 1GB counterpart. The rise in prices for the components needed to make the boards means that selling the 2GB Pi 4 for $ 35 is no longer economically viable, Upton said, so the company is temporarily bringing back the old price. It is also re-offering a 1GB variant for $ 35 to give shoppers another option to choose from.
In his post, Upton explained that the problem will most affect products built on 40nm silicon. Since the company needs to properly distribute components, it decided to prioritize Compute Module 3, Compute Module 3+, and Raspberry Pi 3B, and cancel the Raspberry Pi 3B +. The company is now urging industrial users of the Raspberry Pi 3B + to use the 1GB variant of the Raspberry Pi 4 instead.
The CEO said that these changes are temporary and that changes in pricing will not be long in coming. “As the global supply chain problems diminish, we will continue to address this issue and we want to bring prices back to their previous levels as quickly as we can,” he wrote. However, the company expects supply chain problems to persist throughout 2022.