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Low-Cost Solutions During Global Silicon Chip Shortage.


June 11, 2021

The worldwide silicon chip crisis is taking a toll, affecting the availability and pricing of affordable computing across sectors. This shortage is driven by:

  1. COVID-19’s impact on manufacturing capabilities for computer chips, and
  2. A surge in demand, particularly for mobile computing solutions, as a result of the global shift to remote work and learning.

This imbalance has disrupted industries, causing production delays for top brands like Apple, Samsung, Sony, Microsoft, and even slowing down Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout.

Pioneering Affordable Solutions: The Rise of Raspberry Pi

In the face of rising costs due to these shortages, consumers are seeking out cost-effective alternatives. Enter Raspberry Pi, the microcomputer filling this need.

Born from the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s mission to make digital education accessible, this microcomputer is a beacon of affordability in turbulent times. Their recent initiatives include providing equipment for underprivileged students during the pandemic.

Their newest product merges a computer with a compact keyboard, retailing at a mere 110 AUD. Even their previous models not integrated with a keyboard are priced as low as 10 AUD. This affordability has spurred innovative applications, such as:

  • Smart mirrors powered by Google.
  • Wi-Fi extenders.
  • Remote-controlled 3D printers.
  • GPS vehicle tracking.
  • Voice-activated intercoms. Impressively, a Raspberry Pi even found its place aboard the International Space Station.

While Raspberry Pi might not replace all business solutions, it offers a budget-friendly alternative during these challenging times.

Looking for Affordable Tech Solutions?

If the chip shortage has you seeking value-driven or alternative solutions, Managed Services Australia is here to assist. Reach out to our team at 1300 024 748 or [email protected], and we’ll guide you through the best options tailored to your needs.

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