The Possibilities of Raspberry Pi 4

Raspberry Pi Company’s single board computers have become increasingly popular over the past few years because of their product’s versatile features and affordable price points. It’s now three years since the organization launched raspberry Pi 3, and now Raspberry Pi 4 has taken the world by storm.

What is Raspberry Pi 4 capable of? Here is everything you should know about this small, low-cost computer.

What Is Raspberry Pi 4 Capable Of?

Surprisingly Raspberry Pi 4 is capable of doing the unthinkable. Some novice tech aficionados use the Raspberry Pi boards as network-level ad-blockers, routers, retro games consoles, file servers, and media centers. Nevertheless, these are just instances of what these computers can do. There are numerous projects out there, where tech enthusiasts have used these Pi’s to build smart mirrors, robots, phones, laptops, phones, laptops, tablets, to run various experiments on the space station or take photos on the edge of space.

With the Raspberry Pi 4 having faster network connections through the true Gigabit Ethernet, being capable of decoding 4K video, and benefiting from the fast storage through USB 3.0, it seems there’s still room for more uses. Also, it’s the first Pi to support 2 screens with up to dual 4K at 30 displays – a great feature for creative looking for more desktop space.

Features and Design

One look and you can clearly see that Raspberry Pi 4 seems like a bare board, with an 85.6 x 56.5mm form factor, the company’s 40-pin GPIO signature connector, and the microSD card slot.

However, unlike the same old Pi models, the new board comes with a SuperSpeed USB for faster connections.

Moreover, the in-built Bluetooth model was recently upgraded to version 5 from version 4.2 and supports Bluetooth Low Energy. The dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi control hasn’t been changed, but the Gigabit Ethernet connector isn’t capped at 300Mbits/sec like in the previous models, meaning it can now receive and send at 1,000Mbits/sec.

Outstanding Raspberry Pi 4 Specifications

  • USB-C power
  • Micro-SD card slot
  • CSI Camera port
  • DSI display port
  • OpenGL ES, 3.0 graphics
  • H.264
  • H.265
  • 2x micro-HDMI ports
  • 40-pin GPIO header
  • Power over Ethernet
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • Onboard Bluetooth

Performance

So, what can Raspberry Pi 4 really do? Basically, everything that you can do with any of the previous models can be achieved with Raspberry Pi 4, but even much faster.

Nonetheless, that may be a little ambiguous. We can learn new skills, write code and build robots with any Pi model, but with the Raspberry Pi 4, we’ll have faster access to USB devices, better video playback, and a snappier user interface.

However, one area that Raspberry Pi 4 really excels is in-home servers, media centers, and emulation.

With the improved CPU, USB 3.0, and Ethernet, this is a capable platform that has sufficient power to deliver media within the home to synchronize multiple users.

Essentially, the emulators are hugely CPU dependent and as a result, the improved processor allows better simulation for the retro systems like the N64, PlayStation 1, and the SNES.

However, although the Raspberry Pi 4 provides more power, the power requirements mean including it in your portable PC might be tricky mainly because it consumes lots of power and as a result you’re project will have to consider great capacity batteries.

Bottom Line

Overall, Raspberry Pi 4 is a faster Pi solution with impressive features, all of which come at an affordable price point. As a result, we can confidently say this is a powerful improvement over other models that will definitely drive the single board computer market and Raspberry Pi forward for the foreseeable future.

References

Cellan-Jones, R. (2020, November 2). Raspberry Pi 400: A computer for the coronavirus age? BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-54782255

Why we love the raspberry Pi. (2018, January 23). Wirecutter: Reviews for the Real World. https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/raspberry-pi/

Maidment, N. (2012, March 12). Electronics suppliers Revel in raspberry Pi demand. U.S. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-raspberrypi-idUSBRE82B0ME20120312

 

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