Just under a year since the British based Raspberry Pi Foundation launched its popular credit-card sized computer, the Raspberry Pi, the company estimates that it has sold more than one million boards.
One of the official Raspberry Pi distributors, Element14, released an infographic which claims that it has manufactured and sold over 500,000 tiny PCs.
Until word has been given from the Pi Foundation’s other partner, RS Components, they have yet to confirm the one million sales milestone, although they remain confident. Liz Upton writes on the Raspberry Pi Blog "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 small computer runs on a previous generation ARM processor and features basic input, network and display ports and runs the Linux operating system, in total costing a less than £30. This has proved popular with hobbyist, programmers and schools wanting to inspire new generations into computer science. The Pi is also available worldwide, making basic computing available to the masses in developed and developing countries.
“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," said Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
This news also comes following its recent launch of the Raspberry Pi app store which makes it easier for developers of all ages to share their applications and games written on the device with the rest of the world.