Raspberry Pi Zero, A Computer For $5

Raspberry Pi Zero, A Computer For $5
Raspberry Pi Zero GPIO Soldering Project Gareth Halfacree / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0
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Raspberry Pi has unveiled its latest computing board available for $5. The machine will match its counterparts while doing plenty of heavy lifting other computing boards are incapable of.


The Raspberry Pi Zero is already available in the UK and the U.S. However, some retailers have priced it a bit high as a bundle. The specifications mention that the board has a Broadcom BCM2835 application processor or 1GHz ARM11 core, a microSD card slot, and a 512MB RAM. The specification also states a mini-HDMI socket supporting 1080p, micro-USB sockets and an identical pin layout.

The Raspberry Pi Zero is smaller than a credit card. Measuring about 65mm x 30mm, it is 40% faster compared to the first ever Pi produced. It can run Raspbian. It is a version of Linux optimized by Raspberry Pi.

If you want to connect to peripherals and other networks, make sure to purchase a USB-powered hub. There is no USB port in the computing board. For users who already own a Raspberry Pi board, setting up the microSD card and connecting to the first one will do the trick.

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The company offers free Raspberry Pi Zero to people who order the December issue of The MagPi. The issue has vital information about the new computing board. The company mentioned that anything better than $5 is zero, and thus, they are offering the board free for magazine subscribers.