Raspberry Pi Zero: The $5 Computer

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Over the years, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has enabled universities and hobbyists to create their own DIY computing projects with its cheap and affordable Raspberry Pi Computers. The Raspberry Pi Foundation isn’t stopping there. Today, the company unveiled its latest programmable computing board, the Raspberry Pi Zero, and it costs just $5 (£4). Specifications include the Broadcom BCM2835 application processor (1GHz ARM11 core), 512MB of RAM, a microSD card slot, a mini-HDMI socket supporting 1080p (at 60 frames per second), micro-USB sockets and an identical pin layout to its larger Pi siblings, the Zero can do plenty of heavy lifting, despite its tiny size. For context: at 65mm x 30mm, it’s smaller than a credit card and has a 40-percent faster chip than the first ever Pi.

While the Zero won’t match its counterparts in the speed race, its makers say that it can still run Raspbian, a version of Linux that has been optimized for Raspberry Pi, and apps like Scratch, Minecraft, and Sonic Pi. There are no standard USB or ethernet ports, so you will need to buy a powered USB hub to connect peripherals and networking. If you already own a Raspberry Pi board, the Foundation recommends that you set up your microSD card on that first and then port it over to the new device.

The Raspberry Pi Zero is already on sale over here in the UK , also in the US at all the usual places. Many outlets are bundling microSD cards and adapters for the miniHDMI and microUSB ports to allow the use of standard cables and devices, taking the cost up slightly.

If you would like more information from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, visit their blog in the source link below for more information on the new $5 computer.

  Purchase from The Pi Hut (UK)  Purchase from Adafruit.com (US)  Source: Raspberry Pi

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