In a post to their official blog, The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the sale of their 3 millionth Raspberry Pi single board computer. The milestone was actually achieved over a month ago, but their manufacturing partners’ sales figures lag behind the actual sales by several weeks. The announcement times nicely with the Foundation’s visit to Buckingham Palace for a gathering of UK technology firms. And of course, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, and Prince Andrew were on hand for the event. No big deal, right?

Raspberry Pi clearly has a lot of momentum. The last major sales milestone, 2 million units, was achieved at the end of October 2013. Since the board’s initial release, it has received many software updates, a few hardware improvements, and additional peripherals such as the camera module. Last April, the foundation announced the Compute Module, a new version of the Raspberry Pi which squeezes the core components of the Raspberry Pi into a board the size of a small stick of RAM.

The UK-based Raspberry Pi Foundation’s momentum hasn’t gone unnoticed by the British Monarchy. From an article in the Guardian about the event at Buckingham Palace:

I’ve lost count of the number of people I’ve met in the tech industry who started out on a BBC,” says the Duke of York, who’s in a lively mood, getting hands-on with the tech demonstrations.

He appears fully versed with the Raspberry Pi already. “What people are applying the Raspberry Pi to outstrips any of the things you intended it for, doesn’t it?” he says, surveying a table showing the mini-computers running a game of Minecraft and Space Bear – a computer-equipped teddy bear that relived Felix Baumgartner’s near-space jump in August 2013.

“Obviously we’re still blown away by the level of interest in the Pi,” said Eben Upton to Make:. “As children of the 1980s this is a fun milestone for us because we’ve exceeded the sales total for the Amstrad CPC, the second-best-selling of the UK-designed 8-bit computers. That only leaves the mighty ZX Spectrum (the Timex to you), with 5 million units, to beat. (Pay no attention to the C64, with north of 12 million units globally – now that’s a challenge).”

Any bets on when they’ll hit 4 million sold?

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

  • Jason Babler

    That’s a lot of Pi’s!

  • Antron Argaiv

    The Queen?!
    We’re using the RasPi in a project we’re doing for a client. A $50 Linux machine with video, network and USB — AND software support? It’s a no-brainer.

    • Matt Richardson

      I agree. There are so many people pushing the Pi to its limit that you can usually find someone online who has tried what you want to do and shared their experience. Oh, we’d love to see your project when you’re done:

  • MUhammad Kashif Hussain
    Before you jump on the raspberry ketone bandwagon, there are a few things you should know about this over-priced, proclaimed weight-loss miracle in a bottle.

  • Vinson

    The Hummingboard, a personal ARM computer the size of a mouse, is available for pre-order today, starting at $45.Like the raspberry pi model b, the Hummingboard is aimed at people who make homebrew tech. People can run Android, Ubuntu, or a variety of other open-source operating systems on the computer.