THE BRITISH DESIGNED Raspberry Pi computer has sold almost 1.8 million units, one million of which have been built in the UK.
Raspberry Pi Foundation CEO Eben Upton told The INQUIRER that the firm sold its one millionth machine this spring, but just recently made the one millionth unit in the UK. He said that the firm has shipped almost 1.8 million units in total.
A Raspberry Pi blog post said that the millionth tiny computer has been given a golden case by Sony, the firm that manufactures the machine in its UK facilities.
Spokesperson Liz Upton said that the number is a landmark and an exciting development in the life of a computer that was designed to offer low cost equipment for education.
The firm began manufacturing the machines in the UK, in Pencoed in Wales, only 14 months ago. Since then all manufacturing has moved to the UK.
"Back in September 2012, we started moving manufacture to a plant owned by Sony in South Wales. Gradually, both of our manufacturing partners, RS Components and Premier Farnell, have reshored all the production of Raspberry Pis to that factory, and for the last few months, all the [Raspberry] Pis you buy have been made in the UK," said Upton.
"The really big news today is that the Pencoed factory has made its millionth British Raspberry Pi. Add these to the existing Chinese ones, and that makes one and three quarter million Raspberry Pis out there worldwide, the majority of them made right here at home." µ
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