Raspberry Pi: After launching five devices in less than a year, here’s what they’re doing next (cover story PDF)

Raspberry Pi released everything from cameras to computers in 2020, even as COVID squeezed supply chains and demand for its hardware skyrocketed. Time for a break? Not quite.

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For Raspberry Pi, the passage of time over the past year has been marked by the launches of a series of new products (four devices in 2020, to be precise, plus another device in January this year), a feat the British computer maker managed to pull off despite the country being plunged into a series of COVID lockdowns.

Demand for its tiny computers soared due to the overnight switch to home working. On top of that, after the launch of Raspberry Pi’s High Quality Camera in April 2020, the company went on to launch the 8GB Raspberry Pi 4 one month later. This would be followed by the Compute Module 4, the Raspberry Pi 400, and most recently, the $4 Raspberry Pi Pico in January this year.

“We went into the pandemic with this enormous pipeline of stuff to do,” Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi creator and co-founder, tells TechRepublic. “Every single one of those [launches] moves us forward quite a long way.”

When you consider the impact COVID-19 has had on supply chains and production lines throughout the world, that the Raspberry Pi team found the energy and resources to deliver five new devices seems like a pretty remarkable accomplishment. And while 2021 will see a change in emphasis, Raspberry Pi has big plans for this year, too.

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