Meet Pi PC which is priced less than a HDMI cable and only need to plug it into a TV, that’s it. Holy smoke? Original Raspberry Pi will always be considered as a revolutionary piece of kit. The bargain credit card sized little computer has manged to ignite the passion and love for hardware and programming in a whole new generation of users thanks to its low price and easy accessibility. In an attempt to inspire a whole new subject of people to get involved in what they’re trying to achieve with the introduction of the new model Zero. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a tiny $5 computer, which is cheaper and a lot smaller, on the other hand is also less powerful than Raspberry Pi 2 – iterated back in February.
The Raspberry Pi Zero, which is the latest accessible computer to be added to the range, comes in at a approximate size of a stick of a regular gum, and will cost just US$ 5 dollars to purchase. Of course, there is also expected trade-offs that come with the Zero when compared to the Raspberry Pi 2, and imagine that it is actually smaller than the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi.
About a new Raspberry Pi, rumors have been circulating around the Internet for the past week or so. Finally it’s here. In terms of physical appearance and dimensions, the latest Zero measures in at an impressively small and light 65mm x 30mm. That tiny little board comes with an integrated BCM2835 chip, is same as what shipped with the original Pi 1 model, but clocks at 1GHz. There’s 512MB RAM LPDDR2 SDRAM, a microSD card slot for storage capabilities and an unpopulated 40-pin GPIO connector. Those purchasing a new Raspberry Pi Zero will be afforded with mini-HDMI socket capable of 1080p@60fps, micro-USB for data, and micro-USB for power line, all for a measly $5 outlay.
The board features:
- A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
- 1GHz ARM11 core
- 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
- A micro-SD card slot
- A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
- Micro-USB sockets for data and power
Software you will find on Pi Zero is the good ol’ Raspbian OS. And will happily let you use applications like Scratch, Minecraft and Sonic Pi. Or your own creations. To make the whole prospect of the Zero even more enticing, the little computer is being given away for free with the December issue of The MagPi magazine – should be hitting the U.K. shelves today.
In the U.S., the miniature computer will be available online from Adafruit and in-store at branches of Micro Center. For an outright purchase, United States-based patrons can grab the new Raspberry Pi Zero from Adafruit and MicroCenter. Located in the United Kingdom can source the tiny little Pi computer from The Pi Hut, Pimoroni, element 14, and of course, the always stocked Raspberry Pi Swag Store.
However as orders are limited to just two per person initially. Don’t expect to fill your business or education establishment.