Once again, the shortage of computer components is talking about it. This drop in supply has a direct consequence on the rise in the prices of products with high demand, such as smartphones and computers. The latest victims of this increase, DDR5 RAM and the Raspberry Pi nano computer.
The recent COVID-19 crisis has a direct impact on the production of computer components and more specifically on semiconductors. These electronic chips are essential components in the production chain in many sectors. The automobile industry, IT, the video game industry and more generally the whole new technology sector are suffering from this shortage. While the health crisis has sharply slowed the production of these components, demand has exploded for new technology products. For the consumer, the consequence is a direct increase in the price of common products such as smartphones, computers or game consoles. Like the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, these devices are also scarce on the shelves.
The latest product to fall victim to this inflation is DDR5 memory. New generations of memories are naturally impacted by inflation and are no exception to the trend. Due to the shortage, the bill for a purchase of DDR5 memory should increase by 50 to 60% according to MSI. “Historically, new memory technologies have always increased by 30 to 40% compared to the previous generation. However, this time around, DDR5 includes additional components that have pushed up the costs even further. As a result, we expect a 50-60% increase over DDR4 at launch.”, Can we read on the official blog of the brand.
The price of the 2 GB Raspberry Pi 4 increases by 30% © Shutterstock
The famous Raspberry Pi 4 nano-computer is not spared by this increase either. The CEO of the foundation explains on his site that because of complications related to the supply chain, its flagship model the Raspberry Pi version 2 GB is temporarily listed for $ 45 instead of the recommended $ 35. This represents a 30% increase, unheard of in the history of the British manufacturer.
“Unfortunately, the cost increases caused by the current shortage mean that this product is currently not economically viable at this reduced price level. So we’re temporarily bringing it down to $ 45“, Indicates the foundation. Rises to which consumers will have to get used to as long as semiconductor production has not resumed a more normal pace. In France, this Raspberry Pi 4 model is currently being bought around 70-80 euros at retailers. It is also available as a kit.