Chicago, United States, November 29, 2017 – Premier Farnell, the Development Distributor, is celebrating the sale of its 10 millionth Raspberry Pi, less than six years after it first began producing Raspberry Pi computers. Premier Farnell now sells over 50,000 Raspberry Pi computers each week to makers, industry and education across the globe, with over 3 million boards sold in North America.Newark element14 is the leading supplier of Raspberry Pi single board computers in North America and has recently expanded its stock of Raspberry Pi development kits and accessories sold under the MCM brand name.
Premier Farnell has been working with the Raspberry Pi Foundation since the launch of Raspberry Pi 1 Model B in 2012 and has a global agreement for the manufacture, distribution and exclusive customization of the Raspberry Pi.
Chris Breslin, SVP Product for Premier Farnell said: “We are delighted to be celebrating this significant achievement – both as a business and for Raspberry Pi. This small computer, originally developed to support education and learning, has outstripped everyone’s expectations over the years – now used by education and makers as well as in professional applications and industry. This performance has only been made possible by our dual manufacturing strategy and close collaboration with both the Raspberry Pi Foundation and our global network of resellers – we look forward to the next phase of our journey with Raspberry Pi.”
Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading added: “With every year we seem to take the Raspberry Pi, and its users, on another great adventure. I am delighted that so many people have taken the Raspberry Pi into their homes and businesses, learning to code, and integrating the Raspberry Pi into their broader technology solutions. I would like to share my congratulations with the team at Premier Farnell as they reach this milestone.”
In celebration of the this major milestone, Premier Farnell is offering a 10% discount on a range of the favorite accessories for the Raspberry Pi, helping makers and design engineers make even more with their boards. This includes the recently launched element14 Pi Desktop which enables users to convert their Raspberry Pi into a desk top computer, and the Raspberry Pi Sense HAT which was launched into space on the Astro Pi mission.
Premier Farnell is a global technology leader with over 80 years in the high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair. Premier Farnell uses this experience to support its broad customer base, from hobbyists to engineers, maintenance engineers and buyers as ‘The Development Distributor’, working with leading brands and start-ups to develop new products for market, and supporting the industry as it seeks to develop the current and next generation of engineers.
Premier Farnell is a business unit of Avnet, Inc., (NYSE:AVT). Premier Farnell trades as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America, and element14 throughout Asia Pacific. Premier Farnell also sells direct to consumers through a network of resellers, as well as its CPC business in the UK.
For more information, visit the website at http://www.premierfarnell.com