Raspberry Pi Gets Huge Power Injection

Raspberry Pi Gets Huge Power Injection
The new Raspberry Pi 4 has a 1.5 GHz quad core processor and can power two 4k displays simultaneously.

(CCM) — The tiny Raspberry Pi computer, beloved by technology hobbyists, home automation enthusiasts, and industrial designers, has received a massive hardware upgrade, Gizmodo is reporting.

The new Raspberry Pi 4 is priced at just $35 and sports a Broadcom 1.5 Ghz ARM Cortex-A72 quad core processor, with 1 GB of LPDDR4 RAM as standard. This can be upgraded to 2GB for an extra $10, or 4 GB for an extra $20.

The previous Raspberry Pi offered a single HDMI port, but this has now been upgraded to two micro-HDMI ports, which allows the computer to power two 4K displays as 30 frames per second (fps), or a single 4K display at 60 fps thanks to the Mesa V3D graphics driver.

The motherboard is also equipped with two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports, plus a power-only USB-C port supplying 500mA. Onboard Bluetooth has been upgraded to Bluetooth 5.0, and the wireless networking chip now offers dual-band 802.11ac, according to the report.

The Raspberry Pi was originally envisioned as a teaching device, and —staying true to its educational roots —the new device comes with an updated operating system based on the upcoming Debian 10 Buster Linux. This will be more familiar to students used to using Windows or MacOS, and it includes Google's Chrome web browser.

Image: © Raspberry Pi Foundation.