This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
The Raspberry Pi has been sold as a single-board computer for the first eight years of its life. However, in order to program it as a computer, it needed to be accompanied by the necessary peripherals and an SD card.
The newly released Raspberry Pi 400 has the same basic specifications as the Raspberry Pi 4, with a 1.8GHz 64-bit 4-core Broadcom BCM2711 Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) SoC, 4GB RAM, microSD card slot, dual-band IEEE 802.11b/g/n/acWiFI, Bluetooth 5.1, 1GbE, 2 x USB 3.0, USB 2.0, 2 x micro HDMI and 40-pin GPIO.
It comes with the minimum configuration for use as a PC, including a dedicated case with an integrated keyboard, a 16GB formatted microSD card, a power supply unit, a mouse, and a micro HDMI to HDMI cable.
According to Raspberry Pi Foundation CEO Eben Upton, the product was conceived because the spread of the new coronavirus has led to an increase in the number of people working from home, and many novices with no PC-related knowledge have had to set up a device with a high number of components with no real support, he said. The integrated form factor will also simplify setup for those who want to use the Raspberry Pi as a PC, and it will be more cost-effective than existing Raspberry Pi desktop kits, the company said.
Upton said he was familiar with keyboard-integrated PCs such as the BBC Micro and Commodore Amiga as a boy, and that the Raspberry Pi Foundation's core mission is to continue its efforts to help young people learn computer science.
The PC with an integrated keyboard, which was common in the age of 8-bit PCs, is already available in the US, UK, and France. In Japan, Switch Science is the distributor for the device, and has announced that it will be available from 2021 onwards. The Raspberry Pi 400 for the Japanese market will have a Japanese language keyboard, and will be certified for technical standards conformity and construction design. No release date or price has been set yet, but it looks like it will be offered as a safe product to use.
The U.S. version is priced at $70 for the Raspberry Pi 400 by itself and $100 for the kit product that includes a mouse, power supply, a micro HDMI to HDMI cable, an SD card pre-loaded with the Raspberry Pi operating system.
Source: Switch Science (PRTimes)
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