The world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of Raspberry Pi boards, element14, has reached a new milestone by selling its 15 millionth device since 2012.
element14 is the Asia-Pacific trading name for Farnell, which is owned by distributor Avnet. The company started selling the single board computers seven years ago, along with accessories and support services. element14 also supports a Raspberry Pi community with 650,000 members, giving them access to educational threads and supporting them as they bring their own products to market.
The distie saw a significant sales increase in June this year after the Raspberry Pi Foundation released its latest flagship model, the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, which boasts three times faster speeds than the previous model and is a viable desktop computer.
element14’s global head of semiconductors and single board computers Lee Turner said the Model 4 B has been a gamechanger
“This is a major milestone for element14 as well as the Raspberry Pi Foundation and we are delighted to have shared the journey with them so far,” said Turner.
“The power of the Raspberry Pi 4, element14’s extensive distribution network, and the strength of element14’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.”
element14 and Raspberry Pi Ltd announced an exclusive deal in 2015 to offer customized variants of its products to element14’s customers.
Raspberry Pi Ltd chief executive Eben Upton added: “We are extremely excited that element14 have crossed the 15-million-unit mark; we look forward to shipping many more units together, and continuing to change lives all over the world.”