cheery wrote:I'm hopeful and expect they'll get sufficient supply during this year.
I hope you are right. But I don't share your optimism.
cheery wrote:But bit of feeling there would be something wrong there.. What's preventing production of these things in such amounts that every order could be completed?
Well, I think the problem is as I suggested in the OP: that the "big boys" don't really know what the "steady state" (that is, after the bubble has passed) demand will be. So, it (Raspberry Pi production) will likely remain "make to order" - for all of the forseeable future. Which is to say that, in my terminology, it will never be "normal".
Think of it this way: Suppose the 350K number is accurate, and suppose that there really are 350K people out there willing to plunk down their money today, for delivery in, say, 2 weeks (or less). Now suppose that RS/Farnell could magically make this happen - get the money and deliver those 350K units. Then what? What's the demand after that? Is it 40K/month? More? Much more? Less? Much less? Who can say?
That's the problem. And the point is, they can't do the gearing up necessary to produce 350K now, if the demand after that is going to go way down.
And some folks need to stop being fanboys and see the forest behind the trees.
(One of the best lines I've seen on this board lately)