Eben Upton: Why It's A Long Road To The Raspberry Pi 4

- May 10, 2019-

Raspberry Pi creators want to do more with Zero

Technical limitations are the biggest challenge in developing future devices such as the Raspberry Pi 4, and Pi founder Eben Upton told IT Pro in an interview yesterday.

But while the Foundation won't give up on hardware, the Raspberry Pi creator told IT professionals that physical limitations will make it difficult to continue to grow at the same rate on next-generation devices.

"We are a bit at the end of the 40-nanometer road," he said. "You can do more in this process because you end up being limited by heat. Finally, you can add as much silicon area as possible, because if you can't switch transistors in silicon because things will cook, you can't Faster."

According to Upton, the expected lifecycle of the Raspberry Pi 3 is about three years, which means that it may take at least two years before the Foundation releases a new version of its single-board computer. “This is a long road to the Pi 4,” Upton said. “But we will eventually get there.”

At the same time, the Raspberry Pi Foundation will spend more time focusing on philanthropy and community projects, including support for off-campus computing education through its 5,000 Code Clubs, and a teacher training magazine called Hello World. It will also focus on the Pixel operating system launched at the end of last year.

The Foundation celebrated the fifth birthday of the mini computer last week and sold an astonishing 12 million devices. Upton said, "It is good to be able to reach this number and be able to reach this number so quickly, and the curve has become steeper and steeper in the past year."

Five years after Pi's debut, Upton's enthusiasm for Foundation products continued unabated, especially Raspberry Pi Zero, which includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5th Anniversary Update. "I want to do more zeros," he said excitedly. “I like to do more tinkering.”

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