UK based Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the successful sale of 10 million their ‘Raspberry Pi’ credit-card sizes single-board computers. The aim of the company is to provide cheap and programmable computers (that do not compromise in performance) to the younger generation and promote computer science. The company has launched three generations of the ‘Raspberry Pi’.
“We thought our lifetime volumes might amount to ten thousand units – if we were lucky. There was 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. With this in mind, you can imagine how strange it feels to be able to announce that over the last four and a half years we’ve sold a grand total of ten million Raspberry Pis,” the company said in a blog post announcing the feat.
To celebrate the sale of 10 million Raspberry Pi units, the company is now putting together a bundle, which will be the official Raspberry Pi Starter Kit. Inside the bundle, a user will get a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, an 8GB SD card, a case, a 2.5A multi-region power supply, a 1m HDMI cable, an optical mouse and keyboard, and a copy of Adventures in Raspberry Pi (Foundation Edition).
The starter kit will be priced at 99 Pounds (approx Rs 8,700) and will be available to order online in the UK. It will come soon for the rest of the world in a few weeks, according to the company.
Until now, the single-board computers having been shipping at 25 Pounds (approx Rs 2,200) according to the company, and can run on a free operating system developed by them from an SD card. It is powered by a USB phone charger, and all a user then needs is to connect it with a monitor, mouse and a keyboard.
Raspberry Pi 3, the latest system made by the company features the free Raspbian Operating System. It is also compatible with Windows 10, Ubuntu, Linux and more. It features a 1.2 GHz 64/32 bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and 1GB RAM.