This is about Pi Zero, a smaller version, with reduced functionality, compared to its older brothers, but which may have scored a perfect starting point on the road to software & hardware development. Even if the new Pi Zero device is smaller than a credit card, it manages to be stronger than the initially Raspberry Pi model launched several years ago.
It has the same Boardcom BCM2835 processor, but now running at 1 GHz (40% faster than the old Pi), this one has 512 MB RAM DDR2 (double compared to the first Raspberry Pi) and comes equipped with a microSD port, mini-HDMI with 1080p support at 60Hz, two micro-USB ports, and 40-pin GPIO header, compatible with the one on previous versions. Its dimensions of 65mm x 30 mm x 5 mm make this computer to be easily carried in a wallet.
The price for this model is 5 dollars / euros, and the Raspberry Pi Foundation promises compatibility with the Raspbian Linux operating system, that is already running on other Raspberry Pi models. You also can download various software for the Rasberry Pi models.
Pi Zero is a first for the IT industry, this being the first computer that comes free with a magazine. Those who subscribe to the MagPi magazine, or living in the United States and Great Britain, will get attached on its cover – a Pi Zero computer.
The new Pi Zero has just been launched and is out of stock in the Raspberry Pi e-store, but certainly will return online, once more units will leave the factory. Who would have thought 10-15 years ago that the performance of a bulky PC, worth hundreds of dollars, will be exceeded by a mere 5$ integrated circuit board?
Many wonderful Raspberry Pi products can be purchased online.