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08 March 2012, 13:46

Raspberry Pi delayed by manufacturing mix-up

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Raspberry Pi Logo Delivery of the Linux-powered tiny computer Raspberry Pi has been further delayed by a problem with the manufacturing of the device. The factory producing the boards had included the wrong type of network jack in the first few batches which meant that those devices did not have a working network connection.

The problem has been known to the Raspberry Pi team for a few days, but has only been announced today after further tests were run to make sure the network jack was the only component that was affected. Since the problem was discovered before the product was shipped to customers, the factory producing the device is now swapping out the wrong part for the correct one. The Raspberry Pi team is working to source more of the required Ethernet jacks with integrated magnetics as their existing stockpile is composed entirely of ones without integrated magnetics that do not work with the rest of the Raspberry Pi hardware. Magnetics in Ethernet terminology refers to tiny pulse transformers which isolate the computer from the hub or switch it is attached to.

It is not currently known when the fixed batches of devices will be delivered to consumers who have already pre-ordered the low-cost Linux computer. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is calling on customers to be patient and await further updates on the manufacturing situation.

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