Looks like the Rasberry Pi 4 will be a big step forward for digital signage: a much faster 1.5GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU (apparently 3x faster than the 3B+), dual HMDI displays supporting 4k each, and a variety of other low-level improvements that make the whole platform more capable.
Details here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-4-on-sale-now-from-35/
Hopefully the faster CPU should help with video lag on the Pi, even if Chromium continues to drag its feet when it comes to hardware video decoding. For $35 USD (plus power supply, memory card etc) it looks like an awesome little machine.
However there are two notes in the release announcement which seem like they could create some work for people trying to port existing software:
- "To support Raspberry Pi 4, we are shipping a radically overhauled operating system, based on the forthcoming Debian 10 Buster release. This brings numerous behind-the-scenes technical improvements, along with an extensively modernized user interface, and updated applications including the Chromium 74 web browser."
- "For Raspberry Pi 4, we are retiring the legacy graphics driver stack used on previous models. Instead, we’re using the Mesa “V3D” driver developed by Eric Anholt at Broadcom over the last five years. This offers many benefits, including OpenGL-accelerated web browsing and desktop."
Does this likely mean the existing Rise Vision player won't install on the 4?
Any chance anyone at Rise Vision has gotten their hands on a 4 yet and given it a spin?
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