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Raspberry Pi Sold "700 Units Per Second"

The Raspbery Pi computer, the £22 British-designed computing solution, sold at the rate of 700 per second (that's 42,000 units per minute) at one point last week claimed one of its main distributors in the UK.

Charles Arthur of the Guardian reports that Premier Farnell, one of the two companies which initially sold the Raspberri Pi, logged 20 times more demand than supply.

The company's CEO, Harriet Green, said that the company did not raise the price of the Raspberri Pi and will instead increase production "as far as it can to meet demand".

The first version of the device which was launched last week during Mobile World Congress, sold out in less than an hour and was aimed primarily at developers.

Future versions, which may possibly be more expensive, are expected to go on sale later this year with a proper casing. Users can already register their interest for the Raspberri Pi sold via Farnell and Element 14 or RS Components (for £21.60).

The device, which is not bigger than a business card, comes with a Broadcom processor clocked at 700MHz with a proper GPU, 256MB RAM, a SD card slot, Ethernet socket, HDMI and USB 2.0 socket, a microUSB one, a 3.5mm audio jack and RCA video socket.

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