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It took about a year for the Raspberry Pi foundation to sell the first million of its mini-computers. Now, less than two years after the first device rolled off the production lines, 2 million Raspberry Pi devices have been sold.

The Raspberry Pi was designed to be a low cost, low-power computer that could run open source software and which could be used in educational settings to teach kids about computers and programming.

It’s also proven popular with hobbyists building robots, game consoles, wearable devices, DIY tablets and laptops, servers, home entertainment systems, and many other devices. It’s not the most powerful little PC, but at $35, it’s priced to move.

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8 replies on “Lilbits (11-18-2013): 2 million Raspberry Pis sold”

  1. Just never got the point of the Pi. Marketed as an open device for tinkering but the primary computing power (hint: it ain’t the puny little ARM core) is entirely closed.

    It sits in an awkward middle ground between microcontrollers and more capable and not too much more expensive devel boards. Can’t argue with their marketing dept though, 2M units is a lot more than I would have guessed.

    1. It’s still the cheapest ‘above arduino’ board on the market isn’t it ? the videocore chip they’re piggy backing was probably the only chip they could get at low prices at the time. It’s open enough for what they wanted to do, give high level languages for kids / amateurs to play with. I too would like a simpler board, without the cpu being a sidecar on a big closed gpu.

      1. The close ties the Raspberry Pi Foundation has with Broadcom undoubtedly helped with the pricing of the BCM2835 SoC that the Pi is based around.

        1. I never really knew what’s their relationship. Is Eben Upton an actual employee of BCM ?

          Right now I really wish they’d release a rpi2 with a more open SoC, non usb driven network, simpler layout, slightly better specs, but AFAIK they said they wouldn’t quite a few time. Having such a great (euphemism) success might give them some momentum to get other SoC from BCM, it’s good for their image too.

          1. Yes, Eben works for Broadcom. I’m buying a quad-core CuBox-i with the intention of replacing my Pi with it. It looks better than anything else I’ve seen. They will hopefully be out in late November.

          2. I’ve been sniping at it too, love the form factor. Which one did you buy, Single or Dual ?

          3. Oh, that’s quite a step above rpi price point, but this will be a very nice little cube.

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