In their parallel roles as manufacturing partners and sales channels, distributors RS Components and Farnell element14 both participated in the event and issued their own comments marking the occasion;
“RS Components [has] announced in conjunction with the Raspberry Pi Foundation that the cumulative sales total for Raspberry Pi products has now reached 10 million units, further cementing its position as the best-selling British computer ever. RS has played an important role – from the very beginning in February 2012 - in enabling the Raspberry Pi to reach this impressive sales landmark. In addition to being an authorised distributor, RS is one of the official manufacturers of the Raspberry Pi and, during peak production, produces just short of 1400 boards per hour with manufacturing partner Sony at its factory in the UK.”
“Targeting use in industry, in homes and in schools and colleges worldwide, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has introduced a number of new and increasingly powerful models since the board’s launch more than four years ago, all available from RS across EMEA and Asia Pacific, and from Allied Electronics in North America. The latest model is the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, which was launched in February of this year. This board has significantly upgraded processing capabilities to deliver 50% more performance than Raspberry Pi 2 and approximately ten times more than the original Raspberry Pi, allowing it to run even higher-end applications, as well as offering integrated Bluetooth and wireless LAN connectivity as standard for Internet of Things (IoT) development projects.”
Farnell element14 similarly offers;
“element14 has partnered the Raspberry Pi Foundation since 2012, has manufactured and sold over 6.5 million Raspberry Pis, and has an exclusive customization service for the Raspberry Pi for customers in industry.”
Chris Breslin, Chief Product Officer at element14 commented: “This has been an incredible journey. The Raspberry Pi began as something special for the education and maker market.