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10 million sales as consumers develop taste for Raspberry Pi

Published 08/09/2016

A Raspberry Pi computer is the size of a credit card
A Raspberry Pi computer is the size of a credit card

The Raspberry Pi, a British credit card sized single-board computer, has hit the 10 million sales mark within four-and-a-half years of being released.

Global success has seen the computer hit the landmark figure and it has "beaten our wildest dreams by three orders of magnitude, and we're only just getting started," according to founder Eben Upton.

It is widely used as an educational tool for programming - British astronaut Tim Peake even took one to the International Space Station - but it can also be used for many practical purposes, such as streaming music to several devices in a house.

In a blog Mr Upton said: "When we started Raspberry Pi, we had a simple goal: to increase the number of people applying to study computer science at Cambridge.

"By putting cheap, programmable computers in the hands of the right young people, we hoped that we might revive some of the sense of excitement about computing that we had back in the 1980s with our Sinclair Spectrums, BBC Micros and Commodore 64s.

"At the time, we thought our lifetime volumes might amount to 10,000 units - if we were lucky. There was no expectation that adults would use Raspberry Pi, no expectation of commercial success, and certainly no expectation that four years later we would be manufacturing tens of thousands of units a day in the UK, and exporting Raspberry Pi all over the world."

A Raspberry Pi starter kit has been introduced to celebrate the success of the computer, which is made in South Wales.

An SD storage card, official case, power supply, HDMI cable, mouse, keyboard and guidebook are included in the bundle which will cost £99 plus VAT.

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