Around 20,000 units of £4 computing board sold as companion magazine completely sells out
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has revealed that the latest iteration of its micro-computing board, the Raspberry Pi Zero, has completely sold out after just 24 hours of being on sale.
The Raspberry Pi Zero, which cost just £4 has proved to be such a success that over 20,000 units were sold in a day, as customers flocked to get their hands on the unit.
The popularity was so high that almost every copy of MagPi magazine, a Raspberry Pi enthusiast magazine that went on sale with a free Raspberry Pi Zero included, has sold almost every copy in the UK, the company said.
“The magazine industry has a concept called “technical sellout”, where more than 80 percent of copies are bought,” Liz Upton, head of communications at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, wrote in a blog post, “You swarmed over UK newsagents and achieved that with The MagPi in less than 12 hours.”
The company will now be putting all its resources into satisfying the huge demand for further Raspberry Pi Zero units.
“In answer to a frequently asked question: yes, we will continue to make Zeros for as long as you guys want them,” Upton wrote.
“It looks like demand will continue to outstrip supply for a while if yesterday’s rush is anything to go by.”
Made in Wales, the Raspberry Pi Zero, which and measures just 65mm x 30mm x 5mm, comes equipped with a Broadcom BCM2835 application processor sporting a 1GHz ARM11 core (making it 40 percent faster than the original Raspberry Pi 1), and 512MB of RAM.
There are slots for a micro-SD card, a mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output, and micro-USB sockets for data and power, giving developers and programmers a wide range of options when it comes to what to do with the device.
The Raspberry Pi Zero runs the company’s Raspbian operating system, and is able to support some of the most popular existing applications for previous devices, including Scratch, Minecraft and Sonic Pi.
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