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Raspberry Pi set for one million sales milestone

08 Jan 2013
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The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced it is on track to have sold one million units of its credit-card sized Raspberry Pi devices.

The milestone was announced tentatively by the Foundation on a blog post, in which it said distributor Element14 had hit half a million sales.

"The folks at element 14/Premier Farnell announced today that they alone have now made and sold more than half a million Raspberry Pis," the organisation wrote.

"They're only one of two official distributors; we don't have completely up-to-date figures from RS Components yet, but Farnell's news suggests that we're well on the way to having sold our millionth Raspberry Pi."

The announcement was made on the back of a new deal for Element14 to continue its role as one of the two distributors for the Raspberry Pi.

"Since the Raspberry Pi was launched globally in February 2012 it has been a tremendous success story," said co-founder of Raspberry Pi foundation, Eben Upton.

"The younger generation has demonstrated significant intrigue in learning how to build and program their own computer device. And what has been great to see is the enormous growth in the hobbyist market.

"I have seen projects from Twittering chickens to home beer brewing kits being created using the Raspberry Pi and its accessories."

Raspberry Pi devices have been hottly sought after since debuting last February.

A version of the popular game Minecraft was ported to the computer last November. The pint-sized device also recently won the V3 Editors Choice Award for 2012.

According to Element14, if you were to stand all the credit-card-sized devices sold end to end it would reach higher than 25 miles. Elment14 boasted that the distance is higher than the height that Felix Baumgartner skydived last year.

The product's success has led the firm to begin selling a series of accessories for the device. Pi fans can now grab a variety of add-ons that look to extend the computers usability.

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James Dohnert

James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club,, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

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