First prototype will be a 7-inch model

Raspberry Pi to release touchscreen LCD display

Raspberry Pi is planning to put a touchscreen LCD display into production before the end of the year, PCR can reveal.

CEO Eben Upton told us that the display would be industrial-grade, multi-touch, and have a driver board on its back so users can connect to a Pi and output its display.

“We are in the very, very final stages. I just signed off the purchase order on Monday (June 23rd) for prototype PCBs. We’re hoping to push that into production before the end of the year,” said Upton.

“We know it’s a thing people want. We’re trying to find a way to offer it at a very keen price so hobbyists can build interesting stuff without breaking the bank.”

The mini PC maker’s first display will be ‘very robust’ and offer a wide viewing angle.

While the prototype will be a 7-inch model, Upton disclosed that it might go up in size: “The electronics and driver work we’ve done is suitable for driving high resolution and larger sized panels.”

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer that is used as both an educational tool in schools and a device for consumers.

Look out for a full interview with Upton in PCR’s education special in August. In the meantime, you can check out our last chat from December 2013 here.

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