“Raspberry Pi” has always been the advocate of modernism and easy-to-use boards and equipment etc.
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Now, it has partnered with element 14, the famous board maker, to design and sell customized and modern technology-fitted computing boards.
For those who don’t know, the idea behind founding Raspberry Pi was to design affordable computing boards for students of all ages.
On Tuesday the CEO, Eben Upton, announced the new customization service for all.
He declared in his statement that an increasing number of customers, apart from students, are using Pi boards in consumer products and other factory automatons.
In his statement, Upton said that he and the company are expecting to sell nearly three million Raspberry Pi's this year. From the total figure, about 1 million roughly are expected to be used in industries.
It means that these boards will not be used for educational purposes or for school kids. These will be used in factories to automate factory processes.
The upcoming customization services will be for companies or OEMs, which at once, will order at least 3000 units of the same product.
As for the new boards, element 14 will provide designs and all the manufacturing services. For example, changing the layout and memory, adding or removing headers or adding functionality will all be organized by the company.
The purpose of the new service is to serve those who want to have something better than the Raspberry Pi’s simple compute module.
There would be no change in the physical design of the Raspberry Pi. Through the Pi customization services the customers will be able to have additional IO, integrated power management and a wireless chip.
Upton in his statement said that about seven million Pi units have been sold in the last three years.
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This figure is up from five million at last update in February. No pricing details have been revealed yet. It will be based on the level of customization and the volume of boards required.