Raspberry Pi slices off sales of 1.75 million

The $35 credit-card-sized computer, designed for hobbyists, developers, and students, is a basically a small motherboard outfitted with its own CPU and a variety of ports.

The Raspberry Pi.
The Raspberry Pi. Eric Mack / CNET

Raspberry Pi has served up 1.75 million unit sales since the device's initial launch in early 2012.

The makers of the so-called PC on a stick announced the sales feat in a blog post Tuesday. Based in the UK, the nonprofit Raspberry Pi Foundation uses a Sony factory in Pencoed, South Wales, to produce most of the units. That factory just registered its one millionth Pi.

"Add these to the existing Chinese ones, and that makes one and three quarter million Raspberry Pis out there worldwide, the majority of them made right here at home," the Raspberry Pi Foundation said.

Designed for hobbyists, developers, and students, the Raspberry Pi is a basically a small motherboard outfitted with its own CPU and a variety of ports. The point of the Pi is to encourage buyers to tinker with the device to create unique projects.

One student designed his own R2-D2 powered by a Pi . A company called Party Robotics used Pi to concoct a robotic bartender named Bartendro. And a team of engineering undergrads developed Coconut Pi, an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with a Raspberry Pi .

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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