Big things come in small packages, as tiny Raspberry Pi hits huge sales milestone

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Size doesn’t always matter, at least in the tech world, as people continue to flock towards the universally loved Raspberry Pi like, say, a delicious piece of pie. The pocket-sized computer that can practically replace a space-consuming desktop setup has been around for 12 years and, along with its “third-ish” birthday, is celebrating another huge milestone; Raspberry Pi has officially sold over 61 million units!

The news comes officially from Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton in an interview with Tom’s Hardware. When looking at the individual units, the Raspberry Pi 3B / 3A+ / 3B+ has sold over 23 million, the Raspberry Pi Pico has sold over 4 million, and other units sold by Raspberry Pi have sold over a whopping 34 million units. Altogether, this comes to an astonishing 61 million sales for the company. That’s plenty of Pi to go around.

Raspberry Pi breaks 61 million units sold

The best-selling boards, the Raspberry Pi 3 series, make up a huge percentage of sales. Released initially from 2016 to 2018, these boards make up nearly 38% of Raspberry Pi’s figures. The Raspberry Pi Pico, another successful line of boards including Pico, Pico W, Pico H, and Pico WH, has sold over 4 million, according to Upton. This means the total number of sales is likely even bigger.

The small and compact Raspberry Pi system was created back in 2012 as a teaching tool. It was used to help college students understand computer science and become more familiar with how to build computers. Only 10,000 units were made, but they quickly found how insufficient that was to meet demand. Soon, the Raspberry Pi became one of the most popular computers for people to get. To this day, the Raspberry Pi 5, released in 2023, is holding strong and making waves.

Raspberry Pi boards are amazing little pieces of technology, and while they have limitations, it’s impossible to beat them when it comes to value. Whether you’re just beginning the hobby of putting together computers or are a veteran of the activity, the Raspberry Pi has something for everyone to enjoy.

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