Raspberry Pi CEO teases new products and expects shortage of the popular single-board computer to end next year
Creative tinkerers who like to work with the versatile and usually pretty affordable Raspberry Pi products have been complaining about the very poor availability and the sometimes outrageous prices of the popular single-board computer for more than two years now. As of today, even the smallest 1GB configuration of the Raspberry Pi 4 is selling for more than US$100 on Amazon, but thanks to slowly recovering supply chains, this rather aggravating situation could finally come to an end.
That is exactly what Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading Ltd., suggested in a recent interview with the US-based retailer Micro Center. He admitted that the semiconductor shortage has had a massive impact on the company's products, and that solving this problem is one of the most important short-term goals. Therefore, Upton expects that the general availability of the Raspberry Pi in twelve months should be much better than it is today, which is good news for consumers who have chosen to wait out the current shortage.
Furthermore, the founder of the Raspberry Pi foundation has also given a little insight into its long-term plans. He did not mention the highly anticipated Raspberry Pi 5 by name, but he alluded to continuous improvements in terms of computational and graphics power, while also referring to the implementation of new graphics and video standards as well as a focus on new application areas such as machine learning and image processing. The aforementioned interview with the Raspberry Pi CEO can be watched in the video embedded below. Non-native speakers may want to activate YouTube’s auto-generated subtitles in order to fully understand Upton’s answers.
Micro Center (YouTube) via Tom's Hardware, Image: Stefan Cosma