Raspberry Pi Zero: The smallest, cheapest microcomputer yet

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Raspberry Pi Zero: The smallest, cheapest microcomputer yet

The new Raspberry Pi could bring microcomputing to the masses - again

There's a new microcomputer in town. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just revealed the Raspberry Pi Zero, and it's the cheapest, smallest model we've seen.

Made in Wales and priced at a ridiculous US$5, the Raspberry Pi Zero costs as much as a Happy Meal – so it's cheap whichever way you look at it. It's not just the price that's small though; it's the smallest Raspberry Pi yet, and is smaller than a playing card.


As you'd expect from the new price and dimension, the Raspberry Pi Zero isn't designed for all-out power, but its specifications suggest it'll be to handle most tasks thrown at it. It actually uses the same processor as the first Raspberry Pi, but thanks to overclocking, it should be around 40% faster. There's also 512MB of RAM onboard, as well as a microSD slot for storage, micro-USB sockets, and a mini-HDMI capable of transferring 1080p60 video.



Raspberry Pi lists the specs of the Zero as below:

  • A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor – 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1)

  • 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM

  • A microSD card slot

  • A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output

  • micro-USB sockets for data and power

  • An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header – Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B

  • An unpopulated composite video header

  • Our smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm


This article originally appeared at alphr.com

Copyright © Alphr, Dennis Publishing

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