Low Cost Raspberry Pi Hits "Manufacturing Hiccup"

Paul Lilly

Baking a $35 Raspberry Pi sounds like an easy recipe, but when you mix up the ingredients, the result is a sour system that should't be served to the masses. That's what happened to the first batch of Raspberry Pi devices. The cooks responsible for putting together Raspberry Pi systems inadvertently baked in the wrong type of Ethernet jacks, a minor "manufacturing hiccup" that could delay the shipment of some units.

"As you’ll have noticed, there’s been a bit of a delay in shipping the first batch of Raspberry Pis out to people. This is because of a hardware parts substitution that was made in the factory by accident: specifically, where we’d specified jacks with integrated magnetics in the BOM and schematics, the factory soldered in non-magnetic jacks," the Raspberry Pi team stated in a blog post . "No magnetics means no network connection. We’ve known about this for four days now, but we haven’t been able to tell you about it because it meant we had to do some further tests to make sure that nothing else was affected."

Things aren't as bad as they could be. The Raspberry Pi team said it's a "very minor problem to fix" and that the factory making these things is nearly finished ripping out the non-magnetic Ethernet jacks and replacing them with the correct ones on the first set of boards. The Raspberry Pi Foundation expects the first batch to still ship out as scheduled, though later batches may suffer a "slight delay" if the company runs into trouble sourcing magnetic jacks.

Image Credit: Raspberry Pi Foundation

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