Raspberry Pi Becomes Best Selling British Computer
Creating a new record
Technological flagship, Raspberry Pi, has officially been declared as the best- and fastest-selling British computer of all time. With over 5 million Raspberry Pis sold since their creation in 2012, these credit-card sized devices have beaten the record of British competition, Sinclair ZX Spectrum.
By November 2013, they had sold 2 million Raspberry Pis, by the summer of 2014 over 3 million units and more than 4 million by the end of 2014, say officials at the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Demand for Raspberry Pi
The main intention behind the creation of Raspberry Pi was to promote education of computer science and its basics in British schools. Initially it was in major demand by hobbyists, but now has gathered attention from schools, universities and colleges around the world and is also used to control machines and systems in the industrial sector.
Raspberry Pi’s specifications
The Raspberry Pi has gone through various modifications and the Raspberry Pi foundation has recently launched an updated version of the original. Integrated with 1 GB RAM and a quad-core ARM Cortex –A7 processor that clocks in at 900 MHz, it offers efficient and seamless performance with absolutely minimal lag.
The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B also comes with four USB ports, 40 GPIO pins, an HDMI and Ethernet port, 3.5mm audio jack, camera and display interface, a microSD card slot and VideoCore IV 3D graphics card.
Ideal for educational use
The Model B is widely recommended for school and educational use as it is flexible for learning and can be easily used for different computing projects as it is simple, requires low power and is said to be about 6 times faster than the original.
While the 1980 Sinclair ZX Spectrum and BBC Micro sold only about 1.5 million devices, they were discontinued in 1994, as compared to the booming sales of Raspberry Pi. They said to create new records within the next few years, leaving the other two British products far behind in the race.