Raspberry Pi sales surpass 5 million — now most successful UK computer manufacturer ever

Its fair to say Raspberry Pi, the super-affordable ARM GNU/Linux computer, has been a massive success. Originally envisaged as a way to get kids coding again as they did in the 1980s and 1990s, the device has found a massive fan base outside of the education system, and has been selling in impressive quantities since its launch in 2012.

The British success story sold more than a million units in its first year, but since then the pace has picked up, and the Raspberry Pi Foundation has just tweeted some staggering news — it has now sold more than 5 million Raspberry Pis worldwide.

Thats impressive on its own, but its worth pointing out, as a follow-up tweet does, that means that the Raspberry Pi Foundation is now the biggest selling UK computer manufacturer ever — dwarfing iconic British brands like Sinclair Research — and with the launch of the new Raspberry Pi 2 that growth is unlikely to show any signs of abating.

In fact, theres a good chance a large portion of the existing Pi owners will be upgrading to the new model (as my colleague Brian Fagioli did). Few people will quibble over spending $35 to get a new Pi thats six times faster than the original, especially as it will be able to run Windows 10.

Perhaps most impressively, the majority of the sales have occurred in the past year, as the company only hit the two million milestone in November 2013.

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Send Your Computer Code Into Space with British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake

Leading UK space organisations have joined forces with British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake and Raspberry Pi to offer students a chance to devise and code their own apps or experiment to run in space. Two Raspberry Pi computers are planned to be flown to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of Tims 6 month mission and both will be connected to a new Astro Pi board, loaded with a host of sensors and gadgets.

Launched today (10 Dec 2014) at an event held by the UK Space Agency, the Astro Pi competition will be officially opened at the BETT conference (21-24 January) and will be open to all primary and secondary school aged children who are resident in the United Kingdom. The competition will be supported by a comprehensive suite of teaching resources that are being developed by ESERO-UK and Raspberry Pi.

During his mission, Tim Peake plans to deploy the Astro Pi computers in a number of different locations on board the ISS. He will then load up the winning code whilst in orbit, set them running, collect the data generated and then download this to Earth where it will be distributed to the winning teams.

Speaking at the Astro Pi launch event, Dr David Parker, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, also revealed that the UK Space Agency has been given a 2 million programme, as part of the Chancellors Autumn Statement, to support further outreach activities around Tims mission, particularly to help inspire interest in STEM subjects.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

So much technology relies on big data but not enough people are being trained in this field. This challenge helps the next generation to have fun whilst learning the skills that industry need.

Creating tomorrows engineers is part of our industrial strategy that gives a long term commitment to world-class skills.

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British engineering firm selling computer for just 15, would you buy one?

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A British engineering firm has unveiled its latest computer – a super-slim 6.5cm long machine costing just 15.

The Raspberry Pi Model A+ is described as “small, energy-efficient and crazy-affordable” way to get into computing.

Smaller than a credit card, and not much thicker, the Model A+ has a 700Mhz processor and 256mb of RAM.

It weighs just 23g and has been designed for watching hi-def video, programming, playing games and web browsing.

The tiny computer has a HDMI socket to connect to a monitor or TV and a USB socket for plugging a keyboard lead or mouse into.

There is also an audio jack, room to plug in an SD card and a micro-USB socket.

The Model A+ is made by Raspberry Pi, a Cambridge-based charity, which is selling the computer online for just ($20) 15.

James Adams, director of hardware engineering, said: “We want to get them into the hands of children so they can learn about computers and programming.

“Parents might not want to let children play about on computers but this gives them access to technology at an affordable price.

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Raspberry Pi to rebirth an era of Woz-like super creativity?

Alex Zaharov-Reutt Thursday, 17 May 2012 19:00

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The Raspberry Pi computer board is the worlds most inexpensive yet incredibly useful, useable, configurable, programmable and extendable credit card sized, ARM powered PC, ready for students, engineers and anyone to unleash new levels of creativity and imagination!

In addition, it offers end users, students, engineers and anyone the ability to write software and make new hardware creations powered by the Raspberry Pi more easily than ever before, thanks to the easily expandability of the Pi hardware.

This means that if you want to add a touch-screen interface to the Pi, you can do it. If you want to use the Pi board as the brains of some kind of robot youre creating, you can do it.

Meanwhile, the Pi is perfect for students and classrooms, re-introducing the programming skills that children in the early 80s were learning in classrooms full of Apple II computers, skills that dont appear to be being taught in primary schools any more.

Indeed, the Raspberry Pi is so full of possibility, I imagine that it may well set off a Woz-like era of creativity once more, getting students, engineers and anyone in front of highly configurable and customisable technology that lets you do anything you want, just as Woz did in the late 70s when he was soldering together the first Apple I computer.

Sure, todays kids wont be soldering together the Pi computer board it comes already full made for the price but instead of kids just using apps that someone else has made, students can easily create their own apps running on their own hardware designs, unleashing new creativity with this being the true promise of the Raspberry Pi era.

Now that the Raspberry Pi has launched in Australia (and around the world), the biggest problem will be getting your hands on one.

Only 10,000 have been made so far, but there are already 300,000 pre-orders, with the floodgates now officially open for anyone to register their interest in buying one as soon as their spot opens up to make a binding, paid-for order.

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