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element14 strikes global disty deal for Raspberry Pi

Half a million Raspberry Pi's have now rolled off the element14 production line

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Almost one year since the launch of the Raspberry Pi, the global computing phenomenon, element14 has announced it has signed a new distribution contract with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to sell the credit-card sized computer around the world.

element14 has also announced that it has now manufactured more than 500,000 Raspberry Pi’s since the launch in February last year. If that number of devices stood end to end, they would span 25.6 miles, a distance exceeding even the 24 miles Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner skydived last year.

In a year that saw the world fall in love with the microcomputer, element14 brought production of the Raspberry Pi to the UK from China in September 2012. There is no sign of a slowdown in demand for the revolutionary computer with the element14 Community, the world’s largest online community for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, helping to bring together Raspberry Pi fans to share ideas and further fuel innovation through the Code Exchange.

“It seems every time we talk about the Raspberry Pi we say it has been a true phenomenon, but it genuinely has been one,” says Mike Buffham, global head of EDE at element14. “Now less than a year on, we have manufactured over 500,000 at element14 alone, and we are delighted to have signed a new global contract with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to continue to play a pivotal role in putting computer programming back at the heart of engineers, both young and old.”

“Since the Raspberry Pi was launched globally in February 2012 it has been a tremendous success story,” says Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. “The younger generation has demonstrated significant intrigue in learning how to build and program their own computer device. And what has been great to see is the enormous growth in the hobbyist market. I have seen projects from Twittering chickens to home beer brewing kits being created using the Raspberry Pi and its accessories.”

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