The Pi gets an official touchscreen

September 16, 2015 | 00:39
Woah... looks neat from this angle
Woah... looks neat from this angle
This 7” Touchscreen Monitor for the Raspberry Pi gives users the ability to create all-in-one, integrated projects such as tablets, infotainment systems and embedded projects. The 800 x 480 display using 24-bit color is described as an ‘industrial display’ and hooks up to the Pi via an adapter board which handles power and signal conversion. The HDMI socket is left unused.

The screen is compatible with:
• Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
• Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
• Raspberry Pi Model B+
• Raspberry PI Model A+

The display will technically work with the Model A and Model B boards (connecting it to the DSI port on the Pi board), however the mounting holes on the back of the display will only line up with the newer board design (A+, B+ and Pi2/3)

Technical Specification:

• 7” Touchscreen display.
• Screen dimensions: 194 x 110 x 20 mm (including standoffs)
• Viewable screen size: 155 x 86 mm
• Screen resolution 800 x 480 pixels
• 10 finger capacitive touch.
• Connects to the Raspberry Pi board using a ribbon cable connected to the DSI port.
• Adapter board is used to power the display and convert the parallel signals from the display to the serial (DSI) port on the Raspberry Pi.

N.B. You need the latest version of Raspbian OS for it to operate correctly.

The display is priced at £48.00 ($60 in U.S. stocked by mcmelectronics) and for an extra £10.00 you can include the neat frame (choose from six colors). Included with the screen is the adapter board, DSI ribbon cable, four stand offs and screws, and four jumper wires. The initial stock of displays has already gone from the RPi swag site. New orders are looking at a lead time of two weeks.
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