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The Raspberry Pi Zero

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An In Easy Steps guide to the $5 computer, the Raspberry Pi Zero

From one of the best British homegrown computer manufacturers, comes the Raspberry Pi Zero. The $5 computer, available now in both the UK and the US, is the result of the company’s long standing and most important aim, to drive down the cost of computer hardware. This tiny piece of technology, small in both size and price is one huge step forward in bringing computer technology and programming knowledge to everyone.

Compared to the original Raspberry Pi Model B and its successors, priced around $20-$35, the new Raspberry Pi Zero comes in at a fraction of the price, and still secures its place as a fully-fledged member of the Raspberry Pi family.

Specifications include:

  • Broadcom BCM2835 application processor (1GHz ARM11 core – 40% faster than the Raspberry Pi 1)
  • 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • Micro-SD card slot
  • Mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
  • Micro-USB sockets for data and power
  • Unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header (identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B)
  • Unpopulated composite video header
  • Form factor of 65mm x 30mm x 5mm

Made in Wales, UK, the Raspberry Pi Zero runs Raspbian, and all of your favourite apps – Scratch, Minecraft and Sonic Pi to name a few. A full low-down is featured in the December issue of The MagPi, and you could also be in the running to win a FREE Raspberry Pi Zero with each copy!

For more information, visit https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-zero/ or get your copy of Raspberry Pi in easy steps now!

Raspberry Pi News – Mike McGrath gets his hands on the Raspberry Pi Starter Kit

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“Well, my Raspberry Pi Starter Kit has now arrived so I have encapsulated the RasPi board in the included transparent case that accomodates an electronics ‘breadboard’. The breadboard allows connections to be  made easily to the programmable General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) header pins on the RasPi board, so I can demonstrate how to write and execute programs on the Raspberry Pi system to control attached electronic devices. The above photo simply illustrates the case and breadboard with a single LED illuminated from the Raspberry Pi board. Additionally, I have become a backer of the Picade arcade cabinet kit for the Raspberry Pi (see below). This should allow me to describe how to use the Raspberry Pi for retro desktop gaming.”

Mike McGrath, author of Raspberry Pi in easy steps, which is due for publication in January 2013