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Raspberry Pi Foundation Cooks Up Accompanying $60 Touch Display

by Maximum PC | September 12, 2015September 12, 2015 6:00 am PST

Raspberry Pi  Touch Display

An 800×480 resolution touchscreen display for Raspberry Pi

It doesn’t take much effort to connect the Raspberry Pi to a display using its HDMI port, but if portability is what you’re after, you’ll be happy to know that the Raspberry Pi Foundation has finally made available an official display with touchscreen support.

It’s a 7-inch screen that connects to the Raspberry Pi’s DSI and DPI connectors to keep the HDMI port free. Raspberry Pi describes it as an “industrial display” with an 800×480 resolution, 24-bit color, 10-point capacitive touch, and a 70-degree viewing angle. It also has a metal backing with mounting holes for the Raspberry Pi.

There are a few different ways you can power the display. One is to use a separate power supply rated for at least 500mA, which you would plug into the board where it says “PWR IN.” You can also use a USB link or power it using the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO port.

The display is compatible with the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, Model B+, and Model A+ running the latest version of the Raspbian operating system. You can also connect it to the Model A and Model B boards, but the mounting holes won’t line up correctly.

Asking price for the display is £48.00 (around $60 in U.S. currency), or you can spend £58.00 to get it with a frame. It comes with the display itself, an adapter board, DSI ribbon cable, four stand offs and screws, and four jumper wires.

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