Raspberry Pi sells out within one hour

Raspberry Pi, the tiny $25 computer project launched this morning to unprecedented demand and success…


Earlier this morning, the highly anticipated Raspberry Pi system-on-a-chip was put on sale. The team had been teasing a big announcement regarding the release of the system on their Twitter account for the past few days, and the response for what some might have assumed was a niche device has overwhelmed them.

Over the last couple of days, the Raspberry Pi website has been bombarded with views, as eager fans overloaded the servers trying to find out what the big news was, and if they could finally get their hands on it. The Twitter team announced they would put up a static page at 6am this morning to combat the traffic spikes.

As well as putting the device on sale, licensing deals with manufacturers were announced. Partnering with British firms Premier Farnell and RS Components, this insures that the Raspberry Pi can be built to better meet demand.

The past few hours have been a whirlwind of success, with the device selling out within an hour from one of the suppliers, and interviews appearing on BBC morning shows. The launch story became the number one read item on the BBC website, beating news on the iPad 3 down in third.

You can register your interest for the next batch of Raspberry Pi on the RS Components and Farnell websites. Currently, only the $35 model B is available, which includes an extra USB port and LAN over the $25 model A to be launched at a later date.

You can read our full interview with Eben Upton about Raspberry Pi in the upcoming Linux User & Developer 111. We reported on excerpts from the interview about benchmarking and the price guarantee a couple of weeks ago.

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