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*Well, that ought to keep them busy for a while.
Spending on marketing is also planned, across both the consumer (“build it yourself” PC) and industrial (IoT) sectors.
Its trading arm ships 7 million+ devices a year at this point.
While, in total, the Pi Foundation also said it’s shipping over 42 million (Pi-powered) PCs to more than 100 countries.
“We certainly saw increased interest in Raspberry Pi during lockdown,” Upton told TechCrunch. “It was satisfying to be able to supply units to young people who needed machines to study from home on, and we had some great philanthropic support (notably from the Bloomfield Trust) to roll kits out to disadvantaged young people in the U.K.”
“Our current sustained increase in demand is driven primarily by industrial customers as the economy rebounds from COVID-19,” he added.
“In the short term the focus is on investing in manufacturing and supply chain to meet demand,” he also said, expanding on the plan for the funding. “In the longer term, this funding is going to allow us to invest more in product development: As our products become more sophisticated, they become much more expensive and time-consuming to develop, so being able to hire more engineers is a key driver of future growth.”…