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Raspberry Pi Zero: A Cheap Brain for Your Next Bot

The Pi Zero packs a lot of processing power in for five bucks! (Photo credit: Raspberry Pi)
The Raspberry Pi Zero packs a lot of processing power in for five bucks! (Photo credit: Raspberry Pi)

The Raspberry Pi Zero costs just a wee bit more than it’s name implies: $5. But that’s still darn cheap for what you get. Each Pi Zero has a Broadcom BCM2835 application processor, with a 1GHz ARM11 core. That’s 40 percent faster than Raspberry Pi 1! It also includes:

  • 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 empty 40-pin GPIO header
  • An empty composite video header

That’s all packed into the smallest ever Pi: the Zero is just 65mm x 30mm x 5mm. You’ll need a lot of other bits and pieces to get started with the zero, of course. But it’s awesome to behold, in and of itself!

You can buy your Raspberry Pi Zero for $5 from Element 14.

 

 

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