Raspberry Pi Heaven: Now You Can Get a Microprocessor for Only $5

Nov 26, 2015 01:02 PM EST | By eins galindo

Are you Tech Savy? Have a Robotics Project and you need a low cost single board computer that is trending now? Don't fret as the new Raspberry Pi Foundation has raised the bar when it comes to low cost single board computers. It recently announced the newest member of their family of single board computers, the Raspberry Pi Zero

The next generation of single board microcomputers has just arrived and it is cheap. How cheap you may ask? It's just only $5. Yup you aren't dreaming $5 Or £4 in the U.K.

This is a huge advantage and an opportunity for people to get involved especially those kids who want to learn programming but don't have the funds to buy a computer. This helps get them one step closer to their goals.

The Founder of Raspberry Pi Foundation Eben Upton told TechCrunch  "We believe it will be particularly useful for people looking to do robotics or IoT projects - very small and low power, but able to drive a display and keyboard when you want to do debug."

So who is the Pi Zero for? Makers building connected devices and robotics projects are likely to be first in line in the queue here. This single board computer runs on Raspbian and can run and process word documents, spreadsheets, and you can even play games.

This cheap single board unit has the following specs:

  • A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
    • 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1)
  • 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • A micro-SD 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

No Ethernet or No onboard Wi-Fi you say? No problem you can always insert a Wi-Fi dongle to get it online.

And its size is the same as a credit card. And what's another good thing about what the Raspberry Pi Foundation is doing is that they are giving away a free Raspberry Pi Zero on the front of each copy of the December issue of The MagPi, or MagPi #40 which arrives in UK stores today.

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