Raspberry Pi in keyboard creates first all-in-one PC – video

Raspberry Pi in keyboard creates first all-in-one PC – video

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By Nick Flaherty

The latest Raspberry Pi 4 board has been integrated into a keyboard for an all-in-one PC.

“Raspberry Pi has always been a PC company. Inspired by the home computers of the 1980s, our mission is to put affordable, high-performance, programmable computers into the hands of people all over the world,” said Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. “Inspired by these classic PCs, here is Raspberry Pi 400: a complete personal computer, built into a compact keyboard.”

The ARM-based system will available from Okdo and Farnell as a kit of full system for under €70. It is powered by a USB supply, and comes with an SD card with a suitable operating system such as Raspberry Pi OS. “Particularly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen a rapid increase in the use of Raspberry Pi 4 for home working and studying,” he said.

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The Raspberry Pi 4 board uses the 64-bit BCM2711 system-on-chip, which integrates a quad-core Arm Cortex-A72 CPU running at 1.8GHz, and a VideoCore VI graphics processor supporting OpenGL ES 3.1 and Vulkan graphics, H.264 and H.265 video, with 4GB of LPDDR4-3200 DRAM provides space for the most demanding use cases.

There are two USB 3.0 ports and a single USB 2.0 port for peripherals; two micro-HDMI ports, supporting up to 4k resolution; Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac wireless networking and Bluetooth 5; and a standard 40-pin GPIO port, supporting Raspberry Pi HAT expansion boards.

“At Okdo, we believe Raspberry Pi 400 will bring all of the strengths of the Raspberry Pi platform and community to an entirely new audience,” said Richard Curtin, Okdo’s SVP of Technology. “The convenience of a PC, housed in a keyboard, that requires no self-assembly and is ready to go out-of-the-box removes one the few remaining barriers to adoption for Raspberry Pi.”

“We are delighted to bring the innovative Raspberry Pi 400 to our customers. It provides all the functionality of a desktop computer in a small footprint, and at an affordable price point. While Raspberry Pi 4 broke barriers in its versatility for use as a desktop PC, Raspberry Pi 400 puts this computing power in an attractive and user-friendly package, making it an ideal desktop PC solution for everyone,” said Lee Turner, Global Head of Semiconductors and SBC at Farnell, which has shipped 15m Raspberry Pi boards. “This is a game-changing product and is a real contender in providing affordable desktop devices as well as fast-to-market embedded solutions.”

The basic Raspberry Pi 400 is available across Europe, the US and Canada now, with availability being extended to include India, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa shortly afterwards. The kit with power supply, mouse, HDMI cable and user guide is available for pre-order.

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