element14 has launched the new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B computer, the most powerful Raspberry Pi model yet. It offers significant enhancements in processor speed, multimedia performance, memory and connectivity, which will make it attractive to general desktop computer users and professional developers working with computation-intensive embedded applications such as computer vision and artificial intelligence.
“The new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B computer provides our customers with a faster, more powerful and more feature-rich single board computer than ever before,” says Hari Kalyanaraman, Global Head of Single Board Computers at element14. “This board delivers a real jump in capabilities and addresses the needs of the growing market for Raspberry Pi – from makers to professional design engineers, to consumers looking for a desktop computer. This truly is a Raspberry Pi for everyone.
“Our research has highlighted the widespread use of Raspberry Pi products by professional engineers in both prototyping and commercial production, across a wide range of applications from IoT, AI, and industrial automation and control, to predictive maintenance. With more memory options, true Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and increased processor performance, all at an attractive price, the new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is well positioned to accelerate its adoption for industrial applications.
“Users can purchase the entry-level 1GB model for $35, but will see improved performance in memory-intensive applications such as web browsing from the $45 2GB and $55 4GB models.”
Raspberry Pi Trading Chief Executive Eben Upton adds: “The extra power and range of memory options support the needs of professional design engineers. AI and machine learning data can be processed right on the board, reducing the need to send data to the cloud and addressing real-world concerns about privacy. And of course Raspberry Pi 4 Model B can be used as a desktop computer, with a powerful processor, multimedia acceleration and dual-display support.”
The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the first model to use a 28nm SoC, delivering a significant increase in performance and energy efficiency. A quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 64-bit processor clocked at 1.5GHz enables it to run up to three times faster than its predecessor, and two micro HDMI ports support dual-display output at resolutions up to 4K.
New SuperSpeed USB 3.0 delivers faster transfer rates to mass-storage devices (up to 5Gbit/s) and true Gigabit Ethernet connectivity delivers network data rates of up to 1Gbit/s. Dual-band wireless networking at 2.4 and 5 GHz delivers real-world data rates in excess of 100Mbit/s. Modular compliance certification allows the board to be designed into end products with significantly reduced compliance testing, improving both cost and time to market.
Other features include memory and multimedia options, a standard 40-pin GPIO header with full backward compatibility, and additional multiplexed UART, I2C and SPI peripherals, Micro SD card slot for loading operating system and data storage, and Power over Ethernet support, using separate HAT accessory. A brand-new case and a range of accessories including power supplies and micro HDMI cables are also available.
element14 is the largest manufacturer and distributor of the Raspberry Pi, and has championed its use with professional design engineers and makers through the element14 community. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B will remain in production until at least January 2026.
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