Raspberry pi hits manufacturing snag

The British makers of the Raspberry Pi have admitted a manufacturing flaw has delayed shipments of the sold-out, cheap as chips computer.

The first run of 11,000 Raspberry pi’s sold out soon after going on sale. The group behind the low-cost computer said it has known about the flaw in the first batch of devices for four days.

Writing in her bog, spokeswoman Liz Upton said that it is inevitable that you are “freewheeling along perfectly happily and then you get a puncture.”

The delay is the result of the factory using non-magnetic jacks instead of parts with integrated magnetics.

This causes problems because a lack of magnets means no network connection. The two pieces look so alike they need to be dismantled or have an x-ray taken to tell them apart.

Apparently the problem is minor, and the factory has almost finished replacing the jacks. It means that the first boards should still go out to customers as planned but subsequent shipments may be slightly delayed as the team now has to source more magnetic jacks.

The outfit said it was sorry and will keep everyone updated with how manufacture is moving. Upton said that it was a minor problem, but it’s still a bump in the road.