The Raspberry Pi mini-computer has sold an impressive one million units since its launch in February 2012, new reports have revealed.
Although the exact figure is yet to be confirmed, UK-component specialist Premier Farnell, one of the device’s official distributors, has announced the production and shipment of over 500,000 units.
If this impressive figure is matched by the distribution partner, RS Components, the Pi Foundation will have achieved over one million unit sales in less than a year.
One of the most high-profile and consumer engaging tech releases of 2012, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is confident that it has reached its first major sales milestone.
Commenting on the Premier Farnell news on the Raspberry Pi blog, Liz Upton said: “They’re only one of two official distributors; we don’t have completely up-to-date figures from RS Components, but Farnell’s news suggests that we’re well on the way to having sold our millionth Raspberry Pi”.
Originally designed to help garner interest in computer programming in schools, the affordable single-board device has proved extremely popular with hobbyists due to its size and innumerable uses.
“The younger generation has demonstrated significant intruige in learning how to build and program their own computer device. I have seen projects from Twittering chicken to home beer brewing kits being created using the Raspberry Pi and its accessories”, said Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
The credit card sized computer is based on ARM architecture and is powered via a battery or phone charger. Not only does it have 512MB of RAM, but also an HDMI socket,two USB ports, video and audio output, Ethernet and an SD card slot.
The one million milestone is sure to be the first of many for the successful not-for-profit project.