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Newark sales of Raspberry Pi computer reach 15-million worldwide

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Newark sales help make Raspberry Pi the third-most popular general-purpose computing platform in history

Newark, the Development Distributor, is the leading manufacturer and distributor of the Raspberry Pi single-board computer (SBC), which it has sold to electronic design engineers, educators, hobbyists and makers since its launch in 2012. Newark’s sales alone, which are supported by its holistic offering including a diverse ecosystem of accessories and support through its element14 Community, have now reached the remarkable total of 15 million devices worldwide. 

Raspberry Pi’s most recent launch, the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B computer, has driven a significant increase in sales. This new board is the most powerful Raspberry Pi to date: three times faster than the previous model with a range of memory options and improved interfacing and connectivity to extend capabilities for all users. Raspberry Pi 4 can be used as a high-performance embedded platform, or as a full-featured desktop computer.

For home, education or commercial applications

Newark stocks all Raspberry Pi models, alongside its diverse ecosystem of accessories, which supports users as they build devices for home, education or commercial applications. Newark has championed Raspberry Pi through its element14 Community, creating a forum for its 650,000 members to access informative and educational threads, be inspired by fellow members’ ideas, and get involved in Raspberry Pi-based design challenges.

Newark also supports customers as they bring products to market with its maker-to-market service, programs for startups, 24/7 technical support and an exclusive agreement with Raspberry Pi (Trading) for the customization of Raspberry Pi products. Customers supported by Newark include French startup AirNodes, who developed a smart mirror which can now be seen in hotels across France, and Futurehome, based in Norway, who developed an app-based home automation system using a Raspberry Pi-based platform customized by Newark.


Key facts about Newark and Raspberry Pi:

  • Newark is the largest global manufacturer and distributor of Raspberry Pi and has sold 15 million Raspberry Pi boards to date.
  • Insight from Newark’s Raspberry Pi User survey shows just how varied the use of the SBC is; 33% of respondents use Raspberry Pi for personal projects, 33% for proof-of-concept and prototyping, and the final third of respondents use Raspberry Pi in informal or formal education. The combination of price, performance and ease of use make the Raspberry Pi the SBC of choice for many. Newark’s research also highlighted the increasing use of Raspberry Pi products by professional engineers in IoT, industrial automation and control applications.
  • Newark’s parent company, Avnet, is using its experience and expertise to develop devices such as the Avnet Smartedge Industrial IoT Gateway, powered by Raspberry Pi, to help customers scale their prototypes and bring products to market.

“Newark is Raspberry Pi’s leading global distribution partner, selling 15 million devices since its launch in 2012. This is a major milestone for Newark as well as the Raspberry Pi Foundation and we are delighted to have shared the journey with them so far,” saysLee Turner, global head of semiconductors and single board computers for Newark. “The new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B Computer is a game changer, providing customers with a faster, more powerful and more feature-rich single board computer than ever before. The power of the Raspberry Pi 4, Newark’s extensive distribution network, and the strength of Newark’s parent company, Avnet, in developing devices such as the Avnet Smartedge Industrial IoT Gateway, powered by Raspberry Pi, can only pave the way for more great things from this little board.”



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