THE RASPBERRY PI 2 has shifted 500,000 units in just two weeks, as total sales of the pint-sized computer hit the five million mark.
The figure means that, within just two week of launching, the new model is already accounting for one in 10 of the five million sales made so far.
We spoke to Upton while, presumably, the five million sales celebration party was in preparation, and found a very pleased Foundation founder.
"What's amazing is that one in 10 of these was sold in the last two weeks. Particularly with the Pi 2 the curve keeps bending upwards," he said.
Upton added that the original prediction for sales, back in the early days of the Foundation, was 10,000 over a lifetime.
After a positive first year since the Raspberry Pi was launched in February 2012, this was changed. "We probably thought we were on track to reach this point in five years, not three," he said.
Looking back we can trace the milestones in sales through our own reports. In January 2013, just two years ago, the Foundation was closing in on one million. By the end of the year the number was 2.3 million, and three million by the summer of 2014. It hit five million this week.
Its passage was not easy, and Upton said that there were times when it looked like a physical product would never be produced.
"It took us four years from founding the Foundation to shipping product. There were times in that window where I was completely discouraged and distracted and nothing got done for months on end," he said.
"In the end it took [one meeting] and some well-timed help from engineers at Broadcom to get us over the hump."
The Foundation is now able to say that it has sold half a million Raspberry Pi 2 units in just two weeks. These sales, of course, enable the Pi Foundation to do what it was set up to do: close a computing gap that separates people from accessible technology.
Upton said that good progress is being made here, adding: "It's still early days, but I think we're starting to make some great progress on that front, particularly in Africa."
As far as the hardware future goes, we will have to wait and see as the Foundation will not talk about upcoming products. However, Upton did provide a hint.
"The story this year is much as it's always been: lots of investment in software and a few targeted peripherals ... in particular that rascally display board," he said. µ
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