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Raspberry Pi nears one million milestone

Pocket computer is selling like hot pies
Wed Jan 09 2013, 09:10
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HOBBY COMPUTER the Raspberry Pi is taking over the world and there are around one million of the devices already out there.

While we can't be exactly sure of the numbers, yet, one half of the firms selling the computer has revealed that it has hit 500,000, prompting the Raspberry Pi Foundation to hedge its bets and pop open a bottle of champagne.

Maker Element14 revealed that more than half a million Raspberry Pi computers have rolled off its production lines on Tuesday.

"Trying to get your head around the huge success of Raspberry Pi is not easy, but if you were to stand all the Element14 Raspberry Pi's end to end they would reach 25.6 miles, higher than the 24 miles Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner skydived last year," says a post from the firm.

If you need more real world examples Element14 has produced an infographic that adds that if stacked end to end, they would be as tall as 111 Empire State Buildings or as long as five thousand double decker buses placed end to end.


"It seems every time we talk about the Raspberry Pi we say it has been a true phenomenon, but it genuinely has," said Mike Buffham, director of product at Element14.

"Back in February last year we could never have thought it would be this successful. Now less than a year on and we have manufactured over 500,000 at Element14 alone, and we are delighted to have signed a new global contract with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to continue to play a pivotal role in putting computer programming back at the heart of engineers, both young and old."

According to Eben Upton, creator of the Raspberry Pi and co-founder of its Foundation, much of the hardware's success is down to the reception it has had from youngsters and hobbyists.

"Since the Raspberry Pi was launched globally in February 2012 it has been a tremendous success story. The younger generation has demonstrated significant intrigue in learning how to build and program their own computer device," said Upton.

"And what has been great to see is the enormous growth in the hobbyist market. I have seen projects from Twittering chickens to home beer brewing kits being created using the Raspberry Pi and its accessories."

Element14 has signed a new distribution deal that will enable it to sell the Raspberry Pi around the world.

While Element14 boasts of its half a million units the Raspberry Pi Foundation reckons that there are twice as many of the computers out there. Or, if you prefer, 22 Emplire State Buildings worth.

"I've not got much more to say - but I will note that we'll be opening a bottle of something fizzy tonight!" µ


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