Raspberry Pi sales to top 1m units by Christmas

Raspberry Pi sales have topped 500,000 units with the micro-computer’s manufacturer suggesting it could surpass the 1 million unit milestone by the end of the year.

Following the cut-priced PC’s release earlier this year, Cambridge-based designer and mastermind Eben Upton has suggested with sales continuing to stay strong, he expecta to sell the one millionth Raspberry Pi PC ahead of the Christmas period.

A simply, bare-bones PC that features little more than a motherboard, Broadcom system chip and a minimal collection of connectors, the Raspberry Pi, which has sold more than 500,000 units in its opening sixth months, is roughly the same size as a credit card with no casing present to protect the components from the elements.

Crafted by the charitable Raspberry Pi Foundation, the Pi, which costs well under the £30 marker to buy, was designed with reengaging children with the idea of computer hobby kits and learning by doing with the founders stating “we want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.”

Capable of being connected to a monitor or TV display, the Raspberry Pi features a pair of USB ports in order to attach a keyboard and mouse, a Broadcom on system chip that combines 256MB of RAM with the CPU and GPU, as well as a LAN Ethernet port for web access.

Available for retail around the world, Upton revealed to Business Weekly that with British schools returning this week, he expects sales of the pocket-money priced Raspberry Pi to topple the unprecedented million marker within the coming three months.

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