The Sony UK Technology Centre has produced its millionth Raspberry Pi unit, underlining the global success of the gadget.
The credit-card-sized single board computer developed by the UK’s Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools, has been licensed to Element 14.
In September last year, the company moved production of the device back to the UK, to the Sony UK Technology Centre in Pencoed, North Wales.
“In a little under a year we have created one million units at our site in Pencoed, Wales, which has resulted in us generating 40 local jobs. It’s a fantastic achievement, which should be celebrated,” said Steve Dalton OBE, managing director of Sony UK Technology Centre.
“Work done by all parties has acted as a significant milestone in the UK manufacturing industry, which ultimately helps to support and grow the UK economy,” he said, praising the success of the product all over the world.
“The Raspberry Pi is testament that if you have the right product, manufacturer, distribution channels and customer demand, any idea can be a huge success,” said Claire Doyle, global head of Raspberry Pi. “We look forward to continuing our work with Element14 and we’re excited about what the future holds for this innovative product.”
Element14 has developed a set of accessories for the Raspberry Pi, including the EnOcean Pi, XBMC kit, PiFace and Gertboard as well as Foundation products such as the Raspberry Pi Camera.
Visit the E&T Facebook page for a video feature on the one-millionth Raspberry Pi sold back in May.