Sales of Raspberry Pi Linux computer hit two million

Sales of Raspberry Pi Linux computer hit two million

Summary: The two millionth Raspberry Pi board has been sold, less than two years after the $35 credit card-sized Linux board launched.

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The co-creator of the $35 Linux computer the Raspberry Pi originally expected to sell about 1,000 of the boards, an estimate that turned out to be rather conservative.

Just how far of the mark that initial guess was became clear at the end of October, when the two millionth Raspberry Pi board was sold.

Raspberry Pi : Vital statistics

  • Broadcom BCM 2835 chipset
  • ARM1176JZFS chip with a floating point co-processor, running at 700MHz
  • Videocore IV GPU, capable of BluRay quality playback, using H.264 at 40MBits/s
  • Ships with OpenGL ES2.0 and OpenVG libraries
  • HDMI out
  • Model B: 512MB of memory, two USB ports and a 10/100 BaseT Ethernet port
  • Model A: 256MB of memory, one USB port

Writing on the Raspberry Pi Foundation's website, Liz Upton, head of communications for the foundation, stressed how far it had come since picking up the first pallet of 2,000 boards in February 2012.

"Getting the news about the 2,000,000th Pi at the end of last week, it struck us that every single Raspberry Pi in that pallet represents 1000 of the Raspberry Pis that are spread around the world today.

"We never thought we'd be where we are today when we started this journey."

Upton said the rate at which boards are selling is increasing, while it took almost one year to reach one million sales it took about eight months to hit two million.

The credit card-sized Raspberry Pi was designed as a low-cost, portable board that kids could plug in and start coding wherever they were.

By making it simple for children to program, the foundation hoped to inspire the next generation of programmers, similar to how many of today's UK developers cut their teeth on the BBC Micro. With the two million boards sold the Pi has now outsold the computer that inspired its creation, as just over 1.5 million BBC Micros are estimated to have been sold.

Raspberry Pi machines have found their way into schools and universities, with the foundation giving out 15,000 free boards to schools, but the boards have also proven to be very popular among the wider hobbyist community, who set about using the boards in projects ranging from robotics to home automation.

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The unboxing of the first 2,000 Raspberry boards. Image: Raspberry Pi Foundation

 

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Topics: Hardware, Linux, United Kingdom

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  • 2 Million in 2 years WOW that many !

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    5735guy
  • great

    I love it ;-) great idea n concept
    ThinkFairer8
  • Congrats!

    It's a useful little board. Congrats to the creators!
    BillDem
  • Looks like Christmas

    We've been doing little bot projects with Arduino for a while. Looks like it is time we added the Rasberry Pi to the mix for our home automation.
    mswift@...
  • How Exciting!!

    This really good news, since this guy has been out for two years. I wonder if Compaq, Dell, Gateway, or HP have over two million latops of the same model in two years. I would really like to see more details about how people using it. I already have two of the first edition and two of the latest.
    jgheuser
  • Where's . . . `?

    "IF" everything electronic gets halved in size every "X" amount of time, why is PI still the same size after 2 years?
    ( just curious )
    fm-usa
    • Does it need to get any smaller?

      These things are designed to be handled.
      Zogg
    • It is at its desired size

      The chaps who designed it wanted it robust and accessible and not a small black box - so its what it is to be what it is

      Here in the UK there are innumerable projects built around it

      Just one

      http://www.southampton.ac.uk/~sjc/raspberrypi/pi_supercomputer_southampton.htm
      sonnet37
    • ...

      The memory doubled.
      Bradish@...
  • This is so important

    It's well worth a quick read of their 'mission statement' here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/about

    They're actually trying to address a very important issue in IT education and fill a knowledge gap thats been widening ever since easy to program computers like the ZXSpectrum/BBCMicro and so on disappered.
    AndyPagin