Raspberry Pi Zero now official as $5 computer with 1GHz processor

Raspberry Pi Zero now official as $5 computer with 1GHz processor

Raspberry Pi Foundation today unveiled the Raspberry Pi Zero as its $5 computer with a 1GHz processor. The new computer comes in a portable size, and is initially available for purchase in the US and UK.

The Raspberry Pi Zero does not have multi-core power to offer Windows 10, unlike the Raspberry Pi 2. However, it has enough hardware to run apps like Minecraft and Sonic Pi. There is a Broadcomm CPU with 1GHz clock speed to deliver 40 percent faster performance than the first-generation Raspberry Pi computer.

Apart from the fast-enough processor, the new computer has 512MB of RAM and a microSD card slot. A mini-HDMI socket with 1080p60 video output support has also been provided to let you easily see content on an HDTV. Besides, the Raspberry Pi Zero has a microUSB ports for data and power and a composite video header.

Raspberry Pi Zero specifications:

  • 1GHz ARM11 core Broadcom BCM2835 processor
  • 512MB of LPDDR2 RAM
  • MicroSD card slot
  • A MiniHDMI port and two microUSB ports
  • 40-pin GPIO header
  • Composite video header
  • 65mm x 30mm x 5mm dimensions

“Since 2012, millions of people have used a Raspberry Pi to get their first experience of programming, but we still meet people for whom cost remains a barrier to entry,” Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi founder, wrote in a blog post. “At the start of this year, we began work on an even cheaper Raspberry Pi to help these people take the plunge.”

The Raspberry Pi Zero will be available for purchase through element14, The Pi Hut and Pimoroni in the UK and Adafruit and in-store at Micro Center in the US. Also, a free Raspberry Pi Zero unit will be available from each copy of the December issue of the MagPi to please Raspberry Pi fans in the UK.

The $5 price suggests that the demand of the Raspberry Pi Zero will outstrip the initial supply. But Upton notes that there are “several tens of thousands” of units are already built to maintain the balance.

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