guru, its just a “shortage”. It was obvious in the past month and for me obvious that this Pandemic change some Customer and Company behavior, and the demand on the market.
So for me, it enlarge the time to wait just for three or five month. In January the Quote from purism was: We will reach parity maybe in May or June. And now its obvious that a next big delivery can take up to October and Parity some time after.
You can see and feel this semiconductor stress on other products too. Like Laptops, Graphic Cards, CPUs, Playstation 5 and so on. So we all have to wait. Looking for alternatives … not sure if this help. Like in a heavy traffic jam, you can drive around but you likely end up with more cars on dirt road with a higher risk to get stuck up in the mud. And have to wait even longer to reach your target.
I think you are lucky and get yours this may or mid October. So i cross my fingers for you. If you set up some Librem 5 Phones, you have some CPUs on Stock, but some are broken in the first, some get broken by the assembling and you just can discover it during the manufacturing and testing afterwards.
So the pool of working CPUs in Stock is not 1:1 the output on Phones. Purism likely message you if the testing is done and your phone is likely ready (just update firmware, software and run some more tests) for shipping.
However 6 Oct 2017 is so high in the List, that i would bet you will get your phone soon if new CPUs or RAM get delivered.
Another Point missed in this supply chain Post are the prices for shipping TEU-containers. We see a traffic jam of empty TEUs parking in California harbor or Europe and run out in Asia. So you have to wait for some empty TEUs to got your Stuff/Goods shipped from Asia to US or Europe. It takes a while to solve this issue and the prices to ship one TEU from China to Europe for example increase from $ 2.000 to $ 10.000 in the past month. Waiting is an Option to hold the price for your product so… we have to!
Edit: Its not so dramatic shipping from Asia to US West coast, but its still increased fourfold, and stuck on that level for some month right now.