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The Raspberry Pi Foundation reveals details on its next single-board computers, including PCIe support

The Pi Foundation has multiple products in development, including a Pi 4A. (Image source: Jeff Loucks)
The Pi Foundation has multiple products in development, including a Pi 4A. (Image source: Jeff Loucks)
In an interview, CEO and Pi Foundation founder Eben Upton has revealed the company's intentions for future single-board computers. Apparently, the Pi Foundation has the Raspberry Pi 4A and Raspberry Pi 5 in the pipeline, along with new a Raspberry Pi touchscreen display.
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Raspberry Pi Foundation CEO and founder Eben Upton has provided some details on upcoming Raspberry Pi devices. Apparently, the Pi Foundation has at least three products in the pipeline, although not all are currently being worked on. Specifically, these products are the Raspberry Pi 4 Model A (4A), an updated Raspberry Pi touchscreen and a Raspberry Pi 5.

Unfortunately, the latter is a device that the Pi Foundation is not a device that the company is working on for the time being. Nonetheless, Upton states that the Pi 5 would likely have a faster SoC than the Pi 4 Model B, along with better USB I/O, greater than 8 GB of RAM and improved Ethernet/Wi-Fi connectivity.

Upton adds that the Pi 4A would have arrived by now, but for the ongoing semiconductor shortage. Instead, the Pi Foundation has been using the SoCs that it has available for the three Raspberry Pi 4 variants that are already available. Supposedly, the Pi Foundation is toying with the idea of doing without USB 3.0 ports on the Pi 4A. According to Tom's Hardware, losing USB 3.0 ports would allow it to include PCIe connectivity, which the Compute Module 4 already supports. Another cost-saving and space saving option would be to swap the two mini HDMI ports in the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B with a full-size HDMI port.

Tom's Hardware suggests that the Pi 4A could arrive in 2022, possibly alongside an updated Raspberry Pi touchscreen. The Pi Foundation has been selling the current 480p and 7-inch model for over half a decade, for whatever reason. Upton has not revealed any details about a new model, unfortunately.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-07-21 (Update: 2021-09-28)