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Latest mini computer is easy as Pi.

Byline: CHRIS PYKE Business reporter

The latest version of the low-cost Raspberry Pi computer has been announced, with its makers claiming it is the world's most affordable multimedia desktop PC.

The bulk of the global manufacture of the new product will be at the Sony UK Technology Centre in Pencoed, Bridgend.

The Raspberry Pi 4, which starts at PS34, is capable of driving two independent screens running 4K resolution content and has three times the processing power of its predecessor.

The credit card-sized computer is designed to be highly customisable with an appeal to computer hobbyists, but can also be bought in a bundle with a mouse, keyboard, SD card, power supply, cables and case for the first time to help recreate the experience of a desktop computer. It also includes Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 connectivity ports on its single board to allow other devices to be connected to it.

Created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the device is the fourth-generation model of the charity's low-cost, highperformance computer.

Co-founder Eben Upton said the updates meant it should now be considered as a competitor to traditional PC desktops.

"The vision behind Raspberry Pi 4 is to make a rich multimedia PC experience accessible to everyone. By offering a 'just right' level of performance for most users, we've been able to do this at roughly a tenth of the cost of a traditional desktop PC," he said.

"Raspberry Pi is already the best-selling British computer of all time. In 2018 Q4 Raspberry Pi 3+ and earlier models accounted for 2.5% of the global PC market; the improved capabilities of Raspberry Pi 4 should allow us to address a much larger fraction of that market."

The Raspberry Pi was originally manufactured in China, but Mr Upton moved production to the Sony UK Technology Centre (Sony UK TEC) at Pencoed in 2012.

The Raspberry Pi 4 also comes with a range of programming languages, enabling users to enter the world of developing and coding as well as using the device like a traditional PC.


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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jun 25, 2019
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