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Raspberry Pi Wins UK's Top Engineering Award (bbc.com) 54

An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: The team behind the device was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering's MacRobert Prize at a ceremony in London last night. The tiny computer launched in 2012. Its designers hoped to introduce children to coding and had modest ambitions. They beat two other finalists, cyber-security company Darktrace and radiotherapy pioneers Vision RT, to win the prize. Previous winners of the innovation award, which has been run since 1969, include the creators of the CT (computerised tomography) scanner; the designers of the Severn Bridge; and the team at Microsoft in Cambridge that developed the Kinect motion sensor.
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Raspberry Pi Wins UK's Top Engineering Award

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  • I really enjoy working with the PI. It's one of the easiest and most powerful platforms that I have used! I am so glad of this news!!!!
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      a power button was too much to ask for, though, it seems ;(

      and usb/ethernet is still broken-by-design.

      after all these years, still no sata, either.


  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 30, 2017 @11:38AM (#54719871)

    Europe is jealous of our American know-how, freedom and democracy and so fine us and withhold awards and respect.

    If they hate our freedom so much why dont they invent their own system and stop the criticism and whining.

    • Does Europe lose bragging rights on Raspberry Pi due to Brexit? Interesting that Minix chose its ARM implementation to be on the Beaglebone rather than Raspberry Pi. A combination of Minix on the Pi would have been a very good learning platform

      American equivalents of that - Beaglebone & Arduino. But I'd like to see a US solution that's not based on the British ARM, but on a US born CPU, such as RISC-V or MIPS. Or maybe even SPARC or Power.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        ARM is Japanese


      • by unimacs ( 597299 )
        Are the British Isles moving because of Brexit? ;-)

        Pretty sure the UK will still be part of Europe whether they're in the European Union or not.

        Anyway I just received my 2nd Pi Zero W (built in wifi) this week. The first one was faulty. It could only see Access Points that were very close. Apparently it's not been an isolated problem. The 2nd one works great and the range is pretty impressive considering the lack of an external antenna. Incredibly versatile, fun, and inexpensive device. So congratulat
  • Well deserved- (Score:4, Insightful)

    by WolfgangVL ( 3494585 ) on Friday June 30, 2017 @01:49PM (#54720753)

    It's pretty great when a platform comes along and snares giant subsets of people across multiple disciplines.

    The Pi has earned its place in pop culture, industry, creativity, criminal and business enterprise, education... the list goes on and on.

    I've personally introduced a handful of very young people to the pi as both a robotics, and IoT platform, and watched them sprout from typical minecraft zombie, to budding bot-and-automation-expert in training.

    And that price point? Pretty Amazing.

    Kudos to the Raspberry Pie Foundation, they really are changing the world.

    I just wish shipping and availability was not such an issue, but it's fine 80% of the time, and suppliers always make it right.... with time.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      RPI is a huge marketing success. Looking at it from an engineering perspective, it's a bit "640k is enough for everyone".

      Powersupply is working at the very limits of the envelope (voltage, not current), no power switch, the usb controller is overloaded, 100Mbit ethernet is what you get and the amount of RAM is quite limited unless you are just using it for simple things.

      It's like VHS all over again, it's actually quite a shitty little device, but everyone is supporting it, making it kind of the obvious choi

      • Powersupply is working at the very limits of the envelope (voltage, not current), no power switch, the usb controller is overloaded, 100Mbit ethernet is what you get and the amount of RAM is quite limited unless you are just using it for simple things.

        What a load of drivel. Firstly with "operating at the very limits of the envelope". Wtf are you even talking about? 5V is standard and it operates within specs of standard 5V devices. The very limits would be the never ending push towards low power and low current where 3.3V or 1.8V are even more popular. There's nothing "at the very limits" for the PSU.

        And the entire rest of your comment completely fails to understand the purpose of the device, its design choices, and the reason why it is as popular as it

        • by Anonymous Coward

          You sir, are a moron and doesn't know jack shit about electricity. That's all there is to it.

          The adapter is limited to 5V and can never deliver any more than that. Depending on your adapter, it might not even reach that if you happen to have a bad one.

          The cable have resistance, which according to old Ohm causes the voltage to drop. This means that you're getting less than 5V at the device. Depending on the quality of your micro usb cable, it can be pretty close, or it can be significantly less

          So, already th

  • Interesting to see them get an engineering award despite having a major defect (unfixed USB bandwidth issues) in their SoC.

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