NEC Will Use Rasp Pi in Displays

NEC has announced that it will integrate Raspberry Pi devices into its commercial-grade displays, which are used in schools, airports, shops, and offices [6]. NEC will be adding support for Raspberry Pi's Compute Module in its next-generation large-format displays, starting with 40-, 48-, and 55-inch models in January 2017. By the end of 2017, NEC says it will scale up to 98-inch displays.

"With a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, the board is no longer just a basic computer for coding but a reliable intelligent device with unlimited possibilities. In addition to the standard Raspberry Pi 3 compute module, NEC will also offer a customized model to meet the specific performance demands of the display industry," NEC said in a press release.

NEC displays will have an internal bay that can connect to an adapter board loaded with a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is expected to release a new version of the Computer Module by the end of the year that comes with BCM2837 application processor and 1GB of LPDDR2 memory.

According to NEC, "Being an incremental part of NEC's Open Modular Intelligence (OMI) platform, the Raspberry Pi 3 seamlessly embeds with NEC's new range of professional P and V Series large-format displays. The new displays allow easy access to embedded intelligence smartly connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) for digital signage as well as presentation use."

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has been working with NEC on this project for more than a year [7], and the partnership shows increasing confidence in the Raspberry Pi Compute Module as a tool for professional settings.

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