The Inside Story Of Raspberry Pi

By Jason Fitzpatrick on January 18th, 2013

The Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized computer, took the world by storm in 2012. Read on as we take an inside look at the board and the company behind it–and how they were shocked to sell almost a million of them instead of a thousand.

ZDnet has an extensive writeup about the Raspberry Pi and its designer Eben Upton. They write:

Eben Upton’s overwhelming emotion at having co-created a $35 Linux computer that sold in the hundreds of thousands last year is surprise.

The 34-year-old chip architect is genuinely taken aback that demand for the Raspberry Pi proved to be orders of magnitude larger than a small pool of aspiring UK computer engineers.

“We honestly did think we would sell about 1,000, maybe 10,000 in our wildest dreams. We thought we would make a small number and give them out to people who might want to come and read computer science at Cambridge,” he told ZDNet.

The first inkling of the fervour the credit card-sized board would create came in May 2011, when the first public outing of the Pi in a BBC video generated some 600,000 views on YouTube.

Upton and his colleagues revised their initial run of boards up to 10,000, thinking that would be more than enough to meet demand.

It wasn’t. The 10,000 boards sold out within hours of going on sale in February last year, with an incredible 100,000 boards ordered on that first day.

Today more than 700,000 Raspberry Pi computers have been shipped to modders who are fitting them to robotic drones in the sky and underwater, to hobbyists designing home automation systems, and to wannabe coders looking to build their first programs.

We can certainly understand the popularity of the small and powerful computer, HTG staff members alone are responsible for at least a dozen of those hundreds of thousands of Raspberry Pi purchases (to build, among other things, Raspbmc media centers).

Hit up the link below to read the full article at ZDnet.

The Inside Story of Raspberry Pi [ZDNet]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/18/13
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