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Raspberry Pi sales surge on the back of COVID-19 crisis

A Raspberry Pi-powered work from home computer set up. (Source: Raspberry Pi)
A Raspberry Pi-powered work from home computer set up. (Source: Raspberry Pi)
There have been a lot of unexpected side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and we can add another to the list. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has revealed that March saw its second highest number of sales since it launched in 2012.
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Enthusiast mini-PC on a board, Raspberry Pi, is experiencing a surge in orders on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic. As with other parts of the tech sector experiencing a sharp rise in sales, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has experienced its second largest number of sales in a month. For the month of March, sales hit a phenomenal 640,000 units.

Raspberry Pi founder and current CEO Eben Upton says that he believes the sales spike is because people are looking for an inexpensive way to work from home or continue with their studies in response to lockdown orders. Upton revealed that the number of unique IP addresses connecting to the Raspbian OS mirror system crested 90,000 over a several day sequence in March, which is up from the usual peak of around 58,000.

In addition to home use, Raspberry Pi has also found its way into several new ventilator designs as companies scramble to make enough units available for people suffering from COVID-19 related respiratory issues. Upton believes that this is because it is a readily available, compact and inexpensive computer with enough horsepower to be fit for purpose. Raspberry Pi says it is ramping up production 192,000 units per month 250,000 for the coming month to help meet the increased demand.

Rise in Raspberry Pi sales compared with the same period last year. (Source: Raspberry Pi)
Rise in Raspberry Pi sales compared with the same period last year. (Source: Raspberry Pi)
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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1256 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-04-19 (Update: 2020-04-19)