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September 9, 2016

Raspberry Pi feeds 10 million

Company launches Starter Kit to celebrate.

By James Nunns

The most popular British computer, Raspberry Pi, has sold 10 million units.

First released in 2012, the computer the size of a credit card has seen continuing success since it started out with the goal of increasing the number of people applying to study computer science at Cambridge.

Raspberry Pi foundation founder and CEO of its trading arm, Eben Upton, wrote on the company’s blog: “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.”

Upton went on to say that they had only ever expected sales of maybe ten thousand units in a lifetime, with no expectation that adults would use it, or that there would be commercial success.

The single-board computer was designed to be bare-bones with no accessories so that it would provide the lowest possible barrier to those wanting to buy one.

To celebrate the ten millionth Raspberry Pi, the company has put together its idea of what a perfect bundle would look like with the Raspberry Pi Starter Kit.

The company calls it an “unashamedly premium product” which will be priced at £99+VAT.

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The Starter Kit will include:

  • A Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
  • An 8GB NOOBS SD card
  • An official case
  • An official 2.5A multi-region power supple
  • An official 1m HDMI cable
  • An optical mouse and a keyboard with high-quality scissor-switch action
  • A copy of Adventures in Raspberry Pi Foundation Edition.

The kit is available from its partners element14 and RS Components, and will be available from other resellers over the next few weeks.

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