Raspberry Pi: Inside the Pi factory

The UK computer industry enjoyed a mini-rennaisance in 2012 thanks to the popularity of the $40 Raspberry Pi.

More than 700,000 of the boards are estimated to have sold since their launch in February this year.

Launched to inspire a new generation of children to start programming, the Pi has also won over legions of adult hackers to start Pi-powered projects ranging from home automation to robotics.

This is where life begins for many Raspberry Pi boards, at a Sony factory in Pencoed in South Wales.

The factory has been making the boards since August this year and now produces up to 3,000 Raspberry Pi boards every day. From January next year the factory will step up to 4,000 boards each day. 

A total of seventeen staff work on the factory floor manufacturing and assembling the boards, with one board produced every seven and a half seconds.

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By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.