The world sure has been a kind place to the Raspberry Pi. Being in the market for less than five years, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has sold 10 million units of its development boards, and is celebrating by announcing the first ever official starter kit.
The kit, which costs $100, comes with the essentials to get you started in the tiny world of single-board computers.
The star of the show is obviously the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. Specifications for it include a 64-bit quad-core Broadcom BCM2837 ARMv8 processor, 1 GB RAM, 4 USB ports, HDMI, Bluetooth 4.1 and built-in Wi-Fi. When bought separately, it costs $35.
Also part of the deal is an 8 GB microSD card with NOOBS, the Pi’s operating system installer, optical USB keyboard, optical mouse, one-meter HDMI cable, and a 2.5A power supply with regional adapters.
Topping the deal is a copy of Adventures in Raspberry Pi, 2nd Edition. It contains 9 projects for users to start from, after getting their hands on the hardware. Of course, you’ll still need your own monitor so the definitive starter kit isn’t quite here, yet.
Remarking on the success of the Raspberry Pi, its founder Eben Upton commented upon the unexpected nature of their success. “At the time, we thought our lifetime volumes might amount to ten thousand units – if we were lucky,” he wrote on his blog.
“There was was no expectation that adults would use Raspberry Pi, no expectation of commercial success, and certainly no expectation that four years later we would be manufacturing tens of thousands of units a day in the UK, and exporting Raspberry Pi all over the world,” he wrote.
The Foundation’s latest “premium” product is also expected to hit the market in the coming few weeks.