Raspberry Pi gets an official touchscreen display

By Shawn Knight
Sep 8, 2015
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  1. The Raspberry Pi Foundation on Tuesday announced what it’s calling the official Raspberry Pi touch display. By all accounts, this appears to be the same panel the foundation first teased at TechCrunch Disrupt in London nearly a year ago.

    In a lengthy blog post announcing the display, Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton said he began the process of seeking out a simple, embeddable display for the Raspberry Pi two years ago. He believed the search would take just six months from start to finish but the development and launch of other products like the Raspberry Pi 2 as well as other various issues set the team way behind schedule.

    Upton said the foundation had a very specific set of requirements that a potential panel must meet. What’s more, they needed to find a supplier with guaranteed availability. Going with a display used in an iPhone, for example, wouldn’t work because production of it would likely be cancelled when the “iCompany” moved to a different manufacturer.

    Ultimately, the foundation partnered with UK-based Inelco Hunter.

    The 10-point capacitive touchscreen Pi panel measures seven inches diagonally with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Other specs include 24-bit color, a 70-degree viewing angle and a metal rear panel with mounting holes for Pi boards.

    The official Raspberry Pi touch panel is available from the Raspberry Pi store, RS Components/Allied Electronics and at Premier Farnell/Newark priced at $60. Other sellers will be receiving stock later this week, we’re told.

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