Have Farnell even apologised for this pathetic farce? They couldn't even keep their own website up after being forewarned (but that's the other thread.) Same mid-May date now. Fuming. Not RasPi's fault per se, but they seem to have picked a couple of bloody awful companies to do business with. Hindsight is 20/20, I guess.
The companies are a good choice for producing the boards...but it's just the problem with the massive numbers involved. Wish they would release some real figures here...
Based on the foundations plan of 10K batches every month, we'd only be looking at 120k of units in a year, I'm sure that is still a tiny percentage of the numbers which have been ordered. At the moment this is our best chance of getting a unit, and no doubt the foundation are working very hard to resolve as much as they can with them, so that the highest number of boards can get to the widest possible number of people.
It was always going to be a problem, only big companies can smooth out these things by producing the huge numbers in advanced required to meet such demands. Even then, they don't always get it right (plenty examples of that).
There are a 1000 ways they could have done it, and every way would have had it's issues and risks, so like everything on the project, they've looked at the options and made the best choice they could on the information they had. I imagine one of the key considerations was, how can we get enough units produced...
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