Recently we have known that Farnell, one of the largest stores on the Internet and in the UK for the sale of electronic products, has been sold to the Daetwyler Holding company for 871 million dollars. This sale will spell the end of one of the largest manufacturers and sellers of Raspberry Pi boards.
The president of Daetwyler has ensured that the purchase of Farnell will mean a better union and a more competitive company compared to its competitors, but the truth is that this seems more like a merger than a sale.Farnell is a British store that was born in 1930 in order to sell the few electronics products that existed at that time, but little by little it grew not only in size but also in importance. This has attracted the attention of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and in a short time not only Farnell became an official seller but was granted the license to manufacture Raspberry Pi boards. And little by little, Farnell has become the largest manufacturer of Raspberry Pi boards.
Farnell has long been the largest manufacturer of Raspberry Pi
Both Farnell and Daetwyler have not discussed the future of Raspberry Pi boards, possibly not to worry the users of this product, but if Daetwyler does not get the license renewal or decides not to manufacture it, we could be before the future of an imminent crisis when it comes to getting Raspberry Pi boardsIn other words, demand will increase with respect to supply, making Raspberry Pi boards even more expensive.
Personally I hope that this does not happen and that finally this purchase will mean for the end user nothing more than news or paperwork that does not concern him, but the hopes for the continuity of Raspberry Pi by Farnell or Daetwyler are not great and many are already looking for alternatives ¿what do you think?