Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton talks sales numbers, proudest moments, community projects, and Raspberry Pi 4 [Q&A] | BetaNews


“I grew up in a world of UK-designed, often UK-manufactured computers like the BBC Micro, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC, and it’s fantastic to take our place alongside them.”
The super-affordable ARM GNU/Linux computer has brought programming back into schools (and beyond) and enjoyed staggering success. It is becoming the most successful British computer of all time, in just a few short years. 

Pi been able to bring production to UK: the vast majority of production of Pis is in the UK. 

Sold between 14 and 15 million Raspberry Pis, the breakdown of sales is something like:

  • Model B: 3 million units.
  • Model B+: 2 million units.
  • Model 2B: 3 million units.
  • Model 3B: 5 million units.
  • Others: 1-2 million units.

Pi makers like the credit card form factor and $35 price point. No comments on Pi 4 plans.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Raspberry Pi: 14 million sold, 10 million made in the UK

    The best-selling British computer of all time has hit another milestone.

    Raspberry Pi’s chief manufacturer, the Sony UK Technology Centre, has hit a pretty sizeable milestone.

    Five years ago, Sony UK was approached to make 10,000 Raspberry Pi units per year — that’s a tiny 27 a day — but today it churns out up to 15,000 a day and recently rolled the 10 millionth unit of Britain’s best-selling computer off its production line.

    The 30,000 square metre Sony UK facility, based in Pencoed, South Wales, has scaled up so that its peak Raspberry Pi production capacity can reach 100,000 units per week.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Inside the Raspberry Pi: The story of the $35 computer that changed the world

    The co-creators of the credit-card-sized board reveal the many challenges they overcame to build the breakthrough machine.
    “There’s nothing like the prospect of being hanged in the morning to focus the mind.”

    Eben Upton is describing the weight of public expectation that fell on his shoulders after the prototype of the $35 Raspberry Pi computer he co-created was revealed online in May 2011.

    After five years of tinkering with the board’s design in relative anonymity, suddenly the number of people aware of the project exploded


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