Raspberry Pi Foundation

Charity & Company For The Study Of Computer Science

Often the term Raspberry is used synonymously with the Raspberry Pi minicomputer that surfaced 2012.

Raspberry Pi

This computer was developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation primarily for education but was soon adopted by Makers around the globe for all kinds of use cases: it is a modular, well-engineered, small and cheap single-board computer running a Debian-based Linux distribution.

This makes a Raspberry Pi a perfect choice to use it as host for Python-based software, such as HomeAssistant.

The open-source software HomeAssistant on a Raspberry Pi can run day & night and provide the home base for all of your devices, sensors, and microcontroller projects. It provides a single point of management with its dashboard and many integration standards, i.e. for ESPxxxx microcontroller devices based on ESPHome.

Raspberry Pi 5

Currently, Raspberry Pi 5 is the most up-to-date version. With its 64-bit quad-core Arm Cortex-A76 processor running at 2.4GHz, a 800MHz VideoCore VII GPU with dual 4Kp60 display output over HDMI and camera support from its own Image Signal Processor and up to 8GB RAM, it is currently the fastest Raspberry device, making it up to 3x faster than its predecessor, the Raspberry Pi 4.

A complete set including housing and SSD drive can be assembled for under EUR 150. The Raspberry Pi 5 board alone sells for around EUR 80.00 (with 8GB RAM).

Raspberry Pi Foundation

Raspberry Pi Foundation is the charity behind the Raspberry Pi and many other products produced byRaspberry Pi Ltd in association with Broadcom.

Raspberry Pi Ltd is a commercial subsidiary that develops the Raspberry Pi computers, microcontrollers and related hardware. All revenues go back to the charity and educational projects of the foundation.

The foundation is supported by the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and Broadcom. Its aim is to “promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at the school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing.”

Other Hardware

Raspberry is aiming to provide top-notch hardware at lowest prices targeting educational scenarios like schools. Of course, hobbyists and even industrial customers use their product lines for the same reasons: dependable high quality hardware at reasonable prices.

Meanwhile Raspberry is producing its own microcontrollers and system-in-packages.


The RP2040 is the first microcontroller (32-bit dual ARM Cortex-M0+ microcontroller) designed by Raspberry Pi Ltd..

The microcontroller can be programmed in assembly, C, C++, Free Pascal, Rust, Go, MicroPython, CircuitPython, Ada and TypeScript.

Raspberry Pi Pico

The RP2040 is used on the Raspberry Pi Pico board which is small (51x21mm), cheap, and yet powerful enough to run i.e. TensorFlow Lite.

When introduced in 2021, the microcontroller itself costed USD 1.00 and the full Pico board ran at USD 4.00. Today, boards using the RP2040 are produced by a wide range of manufacturers and vendors, and generic boards are available for less than EUR 1.80.

Raspberry Pi 400

A keyboard with a built-in Raspberry Pi 4, providing low-priced and rugged computing experience for schools.

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W

The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is a powerful single-board computer for under USD 15.00. It is a drop-in replacement for previous versions of Raspberry Pi Zero boards, just up to 5x faster than the original Raspberry Pi Zero.

It runs on the RP3A0, a custom-built system-in-package designed by Raspberry Pi that uses a quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 1GHz and 512MB of SDRAM.


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(content created Jun 01, 2024)