Buyers of the low-cost Raspberry Pi may have to wait a little longer for the miniature device, as the ARM-based Linux computer has been delayed by the wrong components being fitted to the first production batch.
The Raspberry Pi officially went on sale last week, with huge numbers of enthusiasts placing pre-orders for the £22 device with the official distributors, Farnell and RS Components.
However, the Raspberry Pi Foundation reported on its blog today that the first production batch have accidentally been fitted with the wrong type of Ethernet jack socket at the factory.
"Specifically, where we'd specified jacks with integrated magnetics in the BOM [bill of materials] and schematics, the factory soldered in non-magnetic jacks," the Foundation explained.
Because of the small size of the Raspberry Pi - its board is about the size of a credit card - the designers specified an Ethernet jack with integrated components that filter out electromagnetic noise, which modern high-speed network equipment can be sensitive to.
With the wrong part fitted, the Raspberry Pi's Ethernet connection may not be reliable, or function properly at all.
Fortunately, this problem is fairly easily fixed, and the Raspberry Pi Foundation said that the first tranche of boards should still go out to customers as expected.
But the organisation warned there may be a delay to later batches as it still needs to source enough magnetic jacks, as all its current stock are of the incorrect type.
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