Two million Raspberry Pi micro computers have been sold around the world, less than two years after the device first launched in February 2011.
This milestone comes hot on the heels of the one millionth UK-produced device, which rolled off its Wales production line in October. In a post on the Raspberry Pi blog, the foundation's head of communications Liz Upton said the number came as a surprise.
"It took us almost exactly a year to sell the first million Raspberry Pis. Going on that basis, we calculated that we might, if we were lucky, reach the second million around January 2014, or slightly afterwards – we were confident we'd get there by the end of February 2014," she wrote.
"So it was a bit of a shock at the end of last week when we got the latest sales figures and discovered that the 2,000,000th Raspberry Pi was sold in the last week of October. We don't know who owns it – if you bought one between October 24 and October 31st, it might be yours. (It could even be the one we gave to Prince Andrew when he visited on Halloween.)"
The sub-£40, ARM chip-based machine is intended to be an entry-level programming tool for both curious children and adult enthusiasts. It comes in the form of a credit card-sized board with only the most basic of external add-ons, making for a pure computing experience.
A huge community has grown around the Raspberry Pi, with people around the world finding creative ways to use the device, including sending a teddy bear into space. More recently, a Kickstarter project for a 9in monitor for the Pi received more than double its £55,000 target earlier this month, proving demand for the computer and its accessories is still strong.
In October, Intel unveiled its own take on the hobbyist computer, showing off its Galileo machine, which includes 256MB of RAM and one of the firm's new low-power Quark chips.
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