Raspberry Pi: 1 Million Made in the UK

by Dale Wright

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The millionth Raspberry Pi microcomputer has been made in the UK, a pretty big landmark for the cheap PC.

Our favourite micro PC announced that it had sold one million devices back in January, and has just confirmed that it’s made a million units at its British factories.  There’s another big landmark for Raspberry Pi – it’s also sold 1.75 million micro PCs.

For those of you who don’t know what the Raspberry Pi is, a quick recap: a micro PC is basically the most stripped down version of a computer imaginable.  It’s not much more than a circuit board with a few ports, so if you want to use it, you’ll have to hook it up to a screen and a keyboard.  It’s designed to get more kids interested in programming and coding, and this new landmark is pretty exciting for British computing.

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The official Raspberry Pi blog says that the milestone device has had a gold case made, and will be displayed at the company’s headquarters.  The factory in South Wales that makes the Raspberry Pi – run by Sony – has just received several awards for its minimal energy usage and green policies.

The Raspberry Pi has inspired some exciting projects, from a Pi-powered microwave to this garage door opening.  It’s interesting to see the scope of things that can be done with the micro PC, and at just £20, people feel comfortable being able to tinker with it.

However, that’s not the Raspberry Pi’s main aim: it’s to get children engaged with programming at an early age.  The BBC announced last week that a change to the British primary school curriculum would mean that kids would start learning basic coding.  It’s a great way to make sure youngsters will be employable, and the Raspberry Pi might be the perfect place to start.