parts shortage

You can't buy a Raspberry Pi right now

...or at least, not without a lot of patience or a fat wallet.

Scalping Prices of the Raspberry Pi on eBay

But why? And are there any signs Raspberry Pis will become available to the general public again soon?

To be clear, I'm speaking of the mainstream SBC Raspberry Pis, like the Pi 4 model B, the Compute Module 4, the Pi Zero 2 W, and even in many cases the Pi 400. The Pico and Pico W are both readily available, at least in most markets where I've looked (local shortages always exist, but typically not for months or years like with full-size Pis).

Raspberry Pi CM3E joins CM4S in the old SO-DIMM form factor

Last week this Tweet crossed my timeline:

If you look closely, that's a "Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3E"—which is so far not listed on Raspberry Pi's website.

New Raspberry Pi: Compute Module 4S

Update: The Compute Module 4S is now listed on Raspberry Pi's website. But they state it "is not for general sale."

Strange times beget strange things.

And that's an apt description of the new Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4S:

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ to 4S Differences

The above chart is from Revolution Pi's page announcing the RevPi S and SE, which are updates to their popular CM3+-based industrial DIN rail computers.

It's dire: Raspberry Pi availability tracker is launched

Yesterday André Costa emailed me about his new website, rpilocator.

rpilocator website screenshot as of Jan 31 2022

It's a website to track Raspberry Pi 4 model B, Compute Module 4, Pi Zero 2 W, and Pico availability across multiple retailers in different countries.

In his own words:

This database was created out of frustration trying to locate a Raspberry Pi product in the height of the chip and supply chain shortages of 2021. I got tired of visiting multiple websites every day trying to figure out if there were any Raspberry Pi's in stock. I coded this website in a few days during my spare time and had it hosted on a Raspberry Pi for a couple of weeks before deciding to make it publicly available. This is not hosted on a Raspberry Pi anymore.