Raspberry PI 4 in industrial automation

Raspberry PI 4 board model B PLC / Touch Panel PC
December 2, 2019 by
Raspberry PI 4 in industrial automation
Boot & Work Corp. S.L., Sònia Gabarró

This tiny, multi-functional board ―it can be from a desktop computer to a tablet― supports a variety of operating systems and is ideal for educational environments, Robotics, programming, and even for artificial intelligence.

Until now, Industrial Shields commercialized the Raspberry PI 3+ individually, and also as a central processor of Touchberry Panel PCs 7 and 10.1 ”, which can be connected to any of the programmable logic controllers Arduino of the company. From now on, Industrial Shields is marketing the new version of the board also in all its modalities: alone and integrated into the Touchberry screens for industrial control and monitoring.

The new Raspberry PI 4 arrives at industrial automation

Same size, big difference

On first thought, Raspberry PI 4 is similar to PI 3 B +, both in size and terms of components. However, the new PI 4 promises three times higher performance. Thanks to a more powerful, modern processor than the previous one, the Raspberry PI Foundation team assures that this is a system fast enough to compete with the most basic x86 PC processors. PI 4 also incorporates a large increase in RAM (with a configuration of up to 4 GB) and speed: jumping from LPDDR2 to LPDDR4 is a clear improvement.

Unlike PI 3 B +, two of the four USB ports of PI 4 are 3.0 (faster than 2.0). In addition, this latest version of Raspberry board offers the possibility of sending 4K image to two different monitors. Thanks to the new Broadcom 1.5 GHz quad-core processor with H.265 decoder and two micro HDMI ports, the new PI 4 can be connected simultaneously to two 4K monitors and run at 60 fps.

About the connection, in addition to Bluetooth 5.0, PI 4 has an unconstrained Gigabit Ethernet. This allows the user to download and upload content to the network faster, this means that users can execute AI tasks and Remote processing without any problems. Regarding network, PI 4 is equipped with 2.4 and 5 GHz WiFi connection so it is compatible with WiFi standards. The current power connector is USB Type C instead of the micro-USB of the previous models, and it also has a Gigabit Ethernet port with PoE HAT.

Apart from being a silent, energy-efficient device, the features of Raspberry PI 4 make it perfect for IoT (Internet of Things) designs.


 Updated version

Broadcom BCM2711,

Quad-Core, Cortex A-72 @1.5 GHz


2 and 4GB


802.11.b/g/n/ac dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz




Unconstrained  Ethernet port


2 Micro HDMI, 2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, Micro SD, CSI camera, DSI display


 Discontinued version

Broadcom BCM2837B0,

Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.4GHz




802.11.b/g/n/ac dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz




Port up to 300Mbps


Full HDMI, 4 USB 2.0, Micro SD, CSI camera, DSI display

The low cost and "plug-and-play" nature of PI offers a board accessible to everyone, with multiple connectivity options. PI 4 is a perfect experimental tool to be used as a desktop computer or a multimedia center, server, or home monitoring/security device. In addition, IP works with the Raspbian and Ubuntu Linux-based operating systems, allowing unlimited access to free software and free downloads.

From now on, Industrial Shields’ customers can enjoy the advantages of the new Raspberry Touch Panel PC, which can be purchased alone and also as a processor of Touchberry Panel PCs in versions 7 and 10.1 ”. Thanks to screens update with this new board, users will have the same quality as always and a three times faster speed.

About Industrial Shields

Based in Barcelona and founded in October 2012, Industrial Shields is the brand under the company Boot and Work Corp S.L. It is a fast-growing company with the aim of becoming the biggest e-commerce of industrial automation electronic devices based on Open Source Hardware. Present in more than ninety countries worldwide, Industrial Shields designs, produces, and sales Industrial Automation products -such as industrial PLC Arduino, touch screens, and open motes- based on Open Source Hardware like industrial Arduino automation or Raspberry Pi.  

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Raspberry PI 4 in industrial automation
Boot & Work Corp. S.L., Sònia Gabarró December 2, 2019
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